Why Bengals running Chaminade University Silverswords shirtback Trayveon Williams is teaching an NIL course at Texas A&M
Bengals running back Trayveon Williams is going back to school. This time, he'll be in front of the students instead of among them.
As name, image and likeness deals continue to move to the forefront of the college athletics world, Williams and sports attorney Alex Sinatra will be returning to Texas A&M, the school which both attended, to teach a course at the university's school of law on NIL for student-athletes and law students, alike.
Williams was selected by the Bengals in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and has appeared in 26 games for the team. While with the Aggies, he twice rushed for more than 1,000 yards, including his junior year where he rushed for 1,760 yards on 271 carries with 18 touchdowns.
Here's all you need to know about the course and why Williams is going to teach at Texas A&M.
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Why Trayveon Williams is teaching at Texas A&M
The concept for Williams becoming a professor at Texas A&M began as a joke.
Above The Law wrote about the ascent of the Texas A&M School of Law up its rankings and wrote, "you might think Trayveon Williams was doing the rushing there." This prompted the school's dean, Robert College Lacrosse shirt Ahdieh, to tweet that Williams was the law school's "next faculty recruit."
Williams did not know what was going on.
Williams explained on "Your Potential for Everything" podcast with Sinatra that while at first he thought it was a joke, it led him to start thinking about the idea, and before long, he and Sinatra had a meeting with Ahdieh and the law school about the idea of them teaching a course.
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The concept is to have a course that bridges the gap in understanding between law students and student-athletes about NIL.
"With the direction that NIL is going, and obviously now that athletes can capitalize off their name, image and likeness, obviously from the law standpoint, there has to be someone that represents them," Williams said on the podcast. "There has to be someone that understands the ins and outs when it comes down to constructing contracts and doing all the little, minute details within the middle of it. So this is extremely important and for you [Sinatra] to construct this and bring this about, like this is going to be something big going forward. Not just for Texas A&M, but it could be something national."
Williams said he believes it will be important for the students in the course to have someone like himself, who has the experience Notre Dame vs. USC Rivalry Gear of being a college athlete and professional athlete, to learn the real-world aspects of the business.
Though NIL was not a means of profit when Williams was at Texas A&M, he explained the system is still the same as when he was in College Station and his experience could help give both law students and student-athletes important perspectives on the business aspect of sports.
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Williams said he has already had to deal with signing contracts with companies like Adidas, and that he can convey both the athlete's and the agent's perspectives on those types of deals.
"Just helping bridge that gap between any type of information that you can't understand in the athletics world and any type of information that you can't understand in the agent, NIL, contract standpoint and just helping bridge that gap," Williams said. "I can't reiterate enough how important this type of class is and I'm so excited about it."
Another important aspect of the course will be advocacy for collegiate athletes. Sinatra said athletes are often not given much of a say in their representation, and that this course will help both sides understand how to build a system where athletes and advocates understand and support one another.
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"We will be shaping a whole new generation of i Boston College Eagles clothes nformed advocates and informed athletes so the sports industry as a whole is elevated to a more human level," Sinatra said. "Athletes are humans first."
Williams said he believes this course should be mandatory for student-athletes and students interested in pursuing sports law.
For many student-athletes, he explained, this is their first chance to capitalize on name, image and likenes NCAA iPhone Covers s and they need to come away with an understanding of how the College Cold Weather Shirts business side works in order to be most prepared for that aspect of the collegiate athletic experience. For law students interested in going into sports, it gives them the athlete's side, and allows them to ask questions and gain an understanding from an athlete what they would be looking for in an agent or lawyer.
"You have to take your basics of accounting, your basic math, your basic-level classes, so this should honestly feel like it's a basic-level class because this is something that's m NCAA Crewneck Sweatshirts andatory, this is something that can actually be used in the real-life world," Williams said. "I agree this is definitel Carleton Knights Jerseys y something that's essential for any student-athletes, any law students, anyone in general that can take this class and see the benefit of taking."
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While taking on the role of adjunct professor will certainly take time for Williams, he said he is prepared for the demands of the role. He described it as similar to the time management of ju Cal State Chico Wildcats clothes ggling being a student and athlete at Texas A&M.
And for those worried about him leaving the NFL, he put to rest any concerns that he won' Army Black Knights shirt t still be wearing that No. 32 for the reigning AFC champion College Cold Weather Gear s.
"I promise, I'll be a full-time Bengal during the season. I promise," Williams said. "However, once the season is over, I'm putting my professor hat on and getting the work in."