Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz announces 'exclusive memorabilia partnership' with company
Graham Mertz is one of the first college football players to ink an “exclusive memorabilia partnership” with a company. The Wisconsin quarterback announced the deal on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
Mertz announced a partnership agreement with Panini America, the “world leader in officially licensed collectibles & the leading multi-national publisher of trading cards, stickers, comics & children’s magazines.” The news comes just less than one month since the NCAA changed its name, image and likeness policy.
Other players to announce a partnership deal with Panini America on Wednesday include Miami quarterback D’Eriq King and Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral.
“Huge thank you to Panini America for selecting me to be one of their first college athlete partners,” Mertz wrote on Twitter. “Looking forward to getting some signed memorabilia in your hands! Excited to officially announce our exclusive memorabilia partnership. We’re just getting started!”
Huge thank you to @PaniniAmerica for selecting me to be one of their first college athlete partners. Looking forward to getting some signed memorabilia in your hands!
— Graham Mertz (@GrahamMertz5) July 28, 2021
When the name, image and likeness policy changes were implemented on July 1, Mertz was one of the first players from the B1G to capitalize. He released an image of his brand logo, along with merchandise for sale.
This deal for Mertz comes after being named Wisconsin’s starter a year ago. He will lead the Badges into the 2021 season, as well.