Sophomore Backup QB Arch Manning Chooses to Opt-Out of EA Sports College Football 25 Video Game: Waiting for the Starting Spot at Texas

Texas Quarterback Arch Manning Declines Participation in EA Sports Video Game

Arch Manning, a highly recruited sophomore backup quarterback for the Longhorns and nephew of former NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, has opted out of being included in the upcoming EA Sports College Football 25 video game. Instead, he wants to wait until he becomes the starting quarterback at Texas before being featured in the game.

More than 10,000 college football players have already opted in for the video game set to launch this summer. EA Sports will pay players through NIL deals, offering $600 and a copy of the game valued at around $70 to those who opt in. The company has already reached 87% of its goal for the game, with over 100 recognizable college football players opting in, including Colorado’s Travis Hunter, Georgia’s Carson Beck, Alabama’s Jalen Milroe, Oregon’s Dillon Gabriel, and Texas’s Quinn Ewers.

Manning was ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2022 ESPN 300 but has been hesitant to participate in name, image, and likeness (NIL) deals due to his family’s football background. He only has one previous NIL deal – an exclusive trading card partnership last year – but more than 10,000 players have opted into NIL deals for this game alone.

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg and Michael Rothstein also contributed to this report on Manning’s decision to opt out of EA Sports College Football 25.

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