Sports Q

Sports Q: Which past local college athlete would have made the most off their NIL?

Doug Flutie is an obvious one, but who else?

Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie rejoices in his brother Darren's arms after B.C. defeated the Miami Hurricanes with a last second touchdown pass in this Nov. 23, 1984 photo in Miami. AP

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What New England athlete would have made the most money off their name, image and likeness had they been permitted to during their college career? – Nick A.


Love this question, and one name came to mind right away: Doug Flutie. He was a local hero and a national phenomenon during his Heisman Trophy-winning season at Boston College in 1984, and we’ve never really seen anything like it since.

Every company in Boston with a decent advertising budget would have wanted him pitching their product that season, especially after the instantly legendary Hail Mary pass to Gerard Phelan that beat Miami the day after Thanksgiving. He’d have had much better options than the Nugenix stuff he’s pushing nowadays in ads.

Off the top of my head, some others who might have done well on NILs, which are finally permitted for college athletes: UMass’s Marcus Camby, Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, BC QB Matt Ryan, Harvard women’s basketball player Allison Feaster, BU hockey star Chris Drury, BC men’s basketball players Dana Barros and Troy Bell, Harvard men’s basketball player Jeremy Lin, Maine’s Paul Kariya, and roughly 50 UConn basketball players, starting with Jen Rizzotti and Rebecca Lobo on the women’s side and Ray Allen from the men’s teams.


Which other New England athletes would have done well with NILs in their day?  I’ll hear you in the comments.

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