St. Petersburg’s Jer’zhan Newton Signs NIL Deal with Digital Collectibles Platform NextName

New site allows fans to support him


JerZhan NewtonChicago, IL, TBD, 2022 – St. Petersburg resident and University of Illinois football defensive lineman Jer’Zhan Newton has officially signed a ‘name, image, likeness’ (NIL) deal with NextName which offers fans the opportunity to support his through the sale of his personal digital collectibles, also known as non-fungible tokens (NFT). The collectibles are robust media file with images, music, school logo, and playing statistics. Newton directly receives the majority of proceeds from the sale of his digital collectibles.

NextName is excited to welcome Newton to the platform and invites fans to show their support by purchasing his digital collectibles here:

Jer’Zhan ‘Johnny’ Newton – NextName

Newton attended Clearwater Central Catholic where he was a three-star recruit by 247, ESPN, and Rivals and he was a 2019 MaxPreps All-American. Newton had over a dozen college offers but chose to play at Illinois. As a freshman he played in all eight games and was the highest rated true freshman defender (85.8) by Pro Football Focus after his first career forced fumble and two tackles against Purdue 10/31/20. In 2021 he played in 12 games with 11 starts, led the team among defensive linemen with 50 tackles, was an All-Big Ten honorable mention (media), and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.

About NextName

NextName is a platform designed to support college athletes and teams through the sale of digital collectibles. With just a few clicks, fans can purchase collectibles bearing the name, image, and likeness (NIL) of their favorites. In doing so, NextName provides fans an opportunity to help student-athletes maximize their personal band and share in the success of college athletics. Following the initial University of Illinois launch, NextName plans to expand its digital collectibles platform to include athletes and universities across the country.

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