$1 Million Worth Prizes Up for Grabs As Millionaire Shaquille O’Neal Joins Hands With Mountain Dew and Papa John’s for New Partnership

Published 09/09/2022, 9:00 AM EDT
Shaquille O’Neal speaks during Pepsi Stronger Together and CTG Foundation Atlanta Law Enforcement on in McDonough, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Pepsi Stronger Together)

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is one of the richest former athletes ever. The Big Diesel made his fortune by being successful on and off the court. He won four NBA titles during his illustrious career in the league. Shaq signed the biggest contract at the time when he joined the Los Angeles Lakers as a superstar center from the Orlando Magic. Off the court, O’Neal showed the world he is not just a basketball player. He is one of the best entertainers around and could make music, act, DJ, and more. And he used it all to his benefit and added to his fortune.

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He also made some money from his endorsement deals over the years. Other than this, Shaq is also a smart investor and entrepreneur. His smart decisions over the years have helped him build his business empire.

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Shaq has had a lucrative post-playing career. In 2019, O’Neal became a director and spokesman of Papa John’s and helped them turn the corner.

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Now, Shaquille O’Neal has revealed a partnership between Papa John’s and Mountain Dew. During an interview with Uproxx, Shaq disclosed the information. He said, “Well, I’m partnering with Papa John’s and Mountain Dew to create the ultimate — and I mean the ultimate — gaming bundle. We’re giving fans a chance to win $1 million worth of in-game swag. Listen, $1,000’s a lot, $10,000’s a lot, but $1 million? Me personally, I don’t even know what to do with all that.”

As per reports, O’Neal recently signed an extension with Papa John’s worth at least $11 million in cash and stock. The Los Angeles Lakers legend also owns Papa John’s in nine locations. Papa John’s has another deal with Shaq to pay him a royalty payment of 20 cents per ‘Shaq-a-roni Pizza’ sold. The ‘Shaq-a-roni Pizza’ is an extra large 16-inch pizza.

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During the interview, Shaq also said that nothing tops eating pizza, downing Mountain Dew, and playing NBA 2K. He revealed that he and his son Shareef O’Neal had fun doing just that when there were at a UFC event. He said that his son talked trash to him about his shot. However, Shaq reiterated the chance the win “a million dollars worth of in-game swag”.

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Bagavathi Eswaran

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Bagavathi Eswaran is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been playing the game of basketball for more than 20 years now and has also been following the NBA for more than 10 years. After not being able to go pro, this former college player decided to join the IT industry.

Edited By: Veer Badani

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