Sunday December 3, 2023

DeVonta Smith Poised For Gainful Career After Heisman Win

Kent Gidley/Heisman Trophy Trust via USA TODAY Sports
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Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith was announced as the winner of the 2020 Heisman Trophy last night, setting him up for a lucrative career.

Smith beat out his own quarterback Mac Jones for the Heisman, and is the first wide receiver to win the award since 1991; 20 quarterbacks have won since then.

The 22-year-old also won the Paul Hornung Award, recognizing him as college football’s most versatile player.

Back in 2014, ESPN estimated that winning the Heisman alone was worth a minimum of $800,000 over the course of the winner’s lifetime. 

In many cases, the winner goes on to sign a monster rookie contract in the NFL.

Recent Heisman Winner Rookie Deals: 

  • Joe Burrow, 2019: No. 1 draft pick, four-year, $36.1 million deal with the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Kyler Murray, 2018: No. 1 draft pick,  four-year, $35 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals
  • Baker Mayfield, 2017: No. 1 draft pick, four-year, $32 million deal with the Cleveland Browns

Players aren’t the only ones who benefit.

Baylor University generated an estimated $250 million from donations, ticket sales, licensing fees and sponsorship deals after Robert Griffith III won the Heisman in 2011. 

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