Iowa soccer player Jordan Kumm close to NIL deal with convenience store chain
An Iowa football player could cash in on his Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) in the near future. Hawkeyes wide receiver Jordan Kumm may have landed a NIL contract with convenience store chain Kum & Go. In an interview with KCRG, Kumm said he contacted Kum & Go to see if they would be interested. by something after announcing his engagement in Iowa. When the company responded and expressed interest in doing something, Kumm said he was in disbelief.
“I[directly messaged them]and asked if this was something they would like to do,” Kumm said. “They asked me for my contact details and then I phoned them and they said they were setting up the contract for the NIL.
“When they hit back at me, I was really impressed. As an extra, you don’t really get the NIL opportunities that scholarship athletes get.
The NIL deal aside, Kumm said he couldn’t be more excited to be a Hawkeye. Since his commitment to Iowa, Kumm has already received a lot of support from Iowa fans.
“I didn’t really see myself anywhere else but Iowa really, it’s a great program, they have guys in the NFL,” he said. “I have fans cheering me on, saying ‘we love a good walk-in story’, so hopefully I can be one of those great walk-in stories.”
Kumm and the rest of the Hawkeyes are preparing for the 2022 college football season. After Iowa’s spring training ended, head coach Kirk Ferentz said he was happy with how his team’s personality was developing this offseason.
“Usually at this time of year, the leadership base of the team, how we’re going to do things, how we react to things. So far I think we’re a bit ahead of the curve. Get guys like Riley MossCharlie Jones and Sam LaPorta back pick two guys who are older, maybe they had options to consider. To have guys like that,” Ferentz said.
“I’m going to pick a guy like Gavin Williams, who was our point guard for just one game in his career. He behaves as if he were an older man, almost like a senior. There is something in him, a maturity in him, a concentration. He is really respected by everyone. I think we have a good mix that way. We’re not there yet, but at least it’s a big part of the next two months here that continues to build on that, developing these stronger personalities as we go.
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Iowa begins the season Sept. 3 at home against South Dakota State.