NFL Draft prospect Braden Fiske reveals goal with NIL earnings, urges regulation of college football impact


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Former Florida State defensive deal with Braden Fiske made headlines earlier this month for his standout efficiency on the NFL Mix. 

Fiske instructed Fox Information Digital he observed a surge in curiosity from groups across the league, and with most early projections exhibiting him as a second-round choose, Fiske is gearing as much as earn some severe money in his rookie season. 

However the former faculty lineman is seemingly properly ready to deal with that inflow of money, saying he is already been investing most of his NIL earnings. 


Defensive lineman Braden Fiske (94) of Florida State from the Nationwide Workforce is being goes towards offensive lineman Charles Turner III of LSU from the American Workforce through the 2024 Reese’s Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium on the campus of the College of South Alabama Feb. 3, 2024, in Cell, Ala.  (Don Juan Moore/Getty Photos)

“My massive factor is simply attempting to construct generational wealth and simply not having to work the remainder of my life. I imply, in a humble approach of identical to, there’s the best way to set your self up, set your loved ones up,” the 24-year-old mentioned. 

“No matter approach I can attempt to do this and discover methods to do it, I’ll discover them. And simply attempt to be as aggressive as I can proper now. I’ve just a few totally different funding portfolios that I contribute to month-to-month, and I simply attempt to hold constructing these and hopefully set myself up.” 

Fiske spent 5 seasons at Western Michigan earlier than coming into the switch portal in 2023. He began in all 13 video games at Florida State, the place he recorded 43 tackles, together with 9 for loss with six sacks and 5 quarterback hurries.

On the NFL Mix, he went viral for his 4.78 40-yard sprint. For his place, Fiske had the highest rating within the 40-yard sprint, vertical soar, broad soar and the 20-yard shuttle, and he completed within the prime 5 for the 10-yard break up and bench press.

Braden Fiske runs the 40-yard dash

Braden Fiske of Florida State runs the 40-yard sprint through the NFL Mix at Lucas Oil Stadium Feb. 29, 2024, in Indianapolis.  (Kevin Sabitus/Getty Photos)

Fiske might be drafted within the second spherical. According to Spotrac, early-round picks are projected to make round $9 million, whereas late-round picks might signal contracts value round $6.3 million. 

However Fiske, who says he first realized about monetary safety from his stockbroker uncle and from his grandfather, seems to be in a main place to handle his rookie contract earnings. He’s already invested over six figures from NIL offers right into a brokerage account. And, no, he hasn’t made any “massive purchases.” 

“I am not essentially a sneakerhead, however I am not shy about seeing a pair of sneakers on the retailer and shopping for them. However no loopy purchases. I am fairly good in regards to the massive, massive purchases. I attempt to steer clear of that, however, yeah, I positively dabble in some sneakers.”

Fiske additionally mentioned with Fox Information Digital the altering panorama of college athletics because it pertains to NIL. And whereas he’s an advocate for athletes benefiting from their very own title, picture and likeness, he does consider extra regulation is required. 

“I do suppose that there must be some regulation as a result of I believe there’s simply an excessive amount of grey space. There’s too many unknowns with the NIL and the way it controls the sport and form of the way it’s form of controlling the mentality of gamers these days,” he defined. 

“I’m 100% for gamers being compensated — like 100% for gamers being paid. I get that. Nonetheless, simply with how open it’s to simply have the ability to provide gamers cash and you’ll go from one faculty to the following faculty and simply bounce round. I do not know, I really feel prefer it, in a approach, it form of takes away from the integrity of what faculty soccer actually is.” 


Fiske additionally raised issues over the ignorance obtainable to athletes as they navigate signing offers and contracts.

“Youngsters signing contracts the place they do not know what the contract’s actually stating, and so they’re freely giving their earnings for nonetheless a few years. I imply, there’s lots of issues that have to be checked out about [these] NIL deal[s].” 

Final week, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz was joined by a number of notable figures in faculty athletics, together with former Alabama soccer coach Nick Saban, at a roundtable occasion the place Cruz estimated that there was a 50-50 likelihood Congress would cross laws that would supply antitrust safety and rules for faculty athletics within the U.S. by the top of the 12 months.

Braden Fiske at the NFL Combine

Braden Fiske of Florida State participates in a drill through the NFL Mix at Lucas Oil Stadium Feb. 29, 2024, in Indianapolis.  (Kevin Sabitus/Getty Photos)

Saban, who retired after main the Crimson Tide to 6 nationwide titles in 17 seasons, spoke in regards to the present panorama of faculty athletics because it pertains to NIL and the way that contributed to his determination. 


“All of the issues I believed in for all these years, 50 years of teaching, now not exist in faculty athletics,” Saban mentioned. “It’s whoever needs to pay essentially the most cash, increase essentially the most cash, purchase essentially the most gamers goes to have the most effective alternative to win. And I don’t suppose that’s the spirit of faculty athletics, and I don’t suppose it’s ever been the spirit of what we wish faculty athletics to be.” 

It’s a press release that Fiske would agree with — to some extent. 

“The faculty soccer I grew up in was somewhat totally different than what I used to be in a position to end off my profession in and form of see like either side of it.”

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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