Millionaire Athlete Travis Hunter Turns Down Cash Offer from Young Fan With a Smile

Published 02/06/2024, 8:13 AM EST

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Be it flaunting his 10-pound fish catch or US Marine Corps training, Travis Hunter always wins hearts. Regarding the 10-pound fish from Prime Lake, he stupefied his head coach Deion Sanders. Even in the brutal Marine Corps drills, Travis Hunter stunned the Colonels with his mechanic workouts and dominating energy afterward. It seems that Hunter is not running out of this energy anytime soon as he continues to bring it to his latest meet and greet.

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For the love he garners from his fans, Hunter keeps them posted about his life and thoughts through several YouTube videos and live-streaming sessions. However, he best believed it was time to infuse a bit more human touch through his meet and greet with his fans.

Travis Hunter spends a day out!

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The kids at Orlando were enthralled to spend a day with their role model, as he sat on the sidelines admiring their little kicks and catches. AJ Green and Travis Hunter, being the football fanatics they are, decided to spend the day at the Orlando Flag Football World Championship. Hunter was eager to attend to the swarm of kids with his crew.

He was accompanied by his newly engaged partner, Leanna, and AJ Green. A small fan greeted him with cash, which Hunter politely refused. The kid looked confused about what was happening. However, Hunter did sign a souvenir for him, an “I’m Him” hoodie. He was surrounded by his little fans as they rushed to talk to him and get his autograph and pictures.

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It was after he shined brightly in his win in week 1 that he debuted his NIL deal with ‘So Hoodie’ with a post that seemed cryptic at first. It was a picture of him in an “I’m Him” hoodie, which the fans couldn’t recognize then. After the announcement of the details, they couldn’t be more excited. This, along with his other NIL deals, made his valuation reach a height of $2.3 million.

The deal was signed in 2022. SoHoodie is the world’s first patented stand-alone hoodie. Back then, Matt Fine, President of SoHoodie said, “Selecting Travis Hunter for our first NIL deal was a no-brainer because he fits the mold of our brand and swears by our product… As the nation’s #1 recruit from the Class of 2022, Travis could have played at any Power Five school in the country. Instead, he became the first-ever 5-star recruit to play at an HBCU. SoHoodie empowers athletes to be difference makers on and off the field, and Travis certainly fits that mold.”

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Travis Hunter’s NIL deals

Since he became a fan favorite, Hunter has been a star in the NIL market. He has deals with digital banking platforms Greenwood, Celsius Drink, Actively Black, Phil Longford, Waterland Co. NXTRND, 7-11, Free From Sports, Leaf trading cards, American Eagle, etc.

In Nov. 2023, he also signed a deal with Squishmallows- a brand for plushy toys. “I know you’ve seen me and my Squishmallows, now is the chance to get yours,” shared Hunter as he promoted the brand on social media.

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Be it soft toys and energy drinks, Hunter has his toes deep in the several avenues. This enabled him to make a hefty purchase of $100,000 of a diamond-studded ring for his girlfriend, Leanna Leane, per SI. Now, as he enters his last season in the NFL, hefty deals are expected to be just around the corner, ready to pour on him.

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Pankti Parmar

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Pankti Parmar is an NFL news writer at EssentiallySports. With an educational background in psychology and a passion for sports, she dons the coat of a sports psychologist to get a feel for players’ psyche and game tactics. She is our resident expert on Jim Harbaugh and was a huge part of our play-by-play coverage of Harbaugh’s journey from the Wolverines to the Chargers.
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