Under Armour is one of the most recognizable brands in the sports apparel world and a number of NFL stars, including Cam Newton and Tom Brady, have endorsement deals with them.
Thus, given how deep this year’s NFL Draft class is, it was shocking when ESPN’s Darren Rovell tweeted that the lone prospect that UA signed thus far was former UCLA linebacker Myles Jack.
Under Armour has signed one NFL prospect: UCLA LB Myles Jack.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 25, 2016
“Under Armour is an incredible company with a tremendous focus on innovation, which is exactly where I want to be as I start my professional career,” said Jack in a statement. “My commitment to training has driven me to where I am today, and I know Under Armour is the brand that will help me succeed as I take the next step in my athletic journey.”
Now, this isn’t to say that soon-to-be rookies are spurning UA for other brands and Jack being the only signee is reflective of the company’s business practices. It’s still early on in the endorsement process and potential deals are likely still being drawn up, negotiated, etc.
But the real story here is that UA has gotten quite the prospect to sign with them. Jack only appeared in three games in 2015 before tearing his meniscus and subsequently declaring for the draft, but still left school with 178 career tackles and four interceptions returned for 111 yards. Needless to say, he’s earned such an endorsement despite not yet playing a single NFL down.
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