NFT Sports

DeVonta Smith’s NFTs Offer Unprecedented Access, According to Jack Settleman

When DeVonta Smith’s name is called during the NFL draft, history will be made. Smith plans on minting that moment of him getting drafted and selling it. It is just another addition to this incredible NFT wave. 

This will be part of a series of NFTs that Smith intends on dropping. The series includes highlights from college, digital art pieces featuring his Heisman Trophy, and digital cards capturing iconic moments of him during college.

Smith was a standout wide receiver at Alabama. Last season, he reeled in 117 catches and found the endzone on 23 different occasions. He led the NCAA in both catches and touchdowns scored.

When Alabama defeated Ohio State in the National Championship, Smith was voted MVP. In the first half alone, he had three touchdowns and 215 yards.

But Smith’s involvement in the NFT world won’t stop on draft day. The Heisman Trophy winner plans on engaging with his fans by creating “Smitty Coins.” Fans will be able to use those coins in a variety of unique ways to get exclusive access to Smith. 

Here are the things you can do with “Smitty Coins”: 

  • Play video games with Smith
  • Facetime with him 
  • Dinner
  • MNF Watch Party
  • Go to a game and meet with him on the field 
  • Signed gear and memorabilia 

Previously in these blogs, I have talked about all of the celebrities trying to capitalize on this wave. However, some of their efforts have fallen short and been clear cash grabs. With Smith, though, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Smith appears to understand the NFT community and wants to provide utility to any of the buyers of his products. From what we know, he is entering the space in the right way. Smith’s focus seems to be in the long-term and not as a short-term way to make a quick buck.


Sports Strength

NFL Draft Prospect Rashad Weaver Is Cool, Calm, and Confident

Rashad Weaver is one of the highest-rated prospects at his position in this year’s NFL draft, and yes, he is listed at 6’5, 270 lbs, and yes, he is in the middle of a crazy time in his life. 

He has a lot of things that you want in a draft prospect. And those things are well documented. 

But what about which Jordans he will wear on draft night? What about his favorite cheat meal spot? What do people get wrong about him? 

There are a lot of people providing voices and opinions during the weeks leading up to the NFL draft, so it was a refreshing change of pace to hear thoughts directly from the source of one of the players. 

ONE37pm, meet Rashad Weaver.

The University of Pittsburgh defensive lineman is one focused cat. Of course, the days around the NFL draft can be complex. He doesn’t know where he will live for the foreseeable future and if you put yourself in that scenario, there would be some discomfort. 

But don’t confuse that uncertainty with a lack of confidence. Because Weaver knows that he’s got game. 

Bo Templin: Have you set goals for yourself already? Or are you waiting to see where you go first? 

Rashad Weaver: I don’t know how other people go about it. For me, yeah I set goals. My goal is to be the defensive rookie of the year. Be starting on the team. You know, they are drafting me to be a top player…My goal is to meet every expectation, plus one.

And it is responses like those that make him a coveted NFL prospect. That confidence is infectious. But it isn’t a loud, boisterous confidence. It is quiet, in the shadows. When he delivers a sack or a big play, he will act accordingly. 

Templin: Are you a celebrations guy? Do you plan any out? 

Weaver: If you don’t have celebrations in mind, I feel like you’re not expecting big plays. In college, I knew what moves I would celebrate with cause I expected myself to get a couple of sacks or big plays. I think it’s all a part of the mindset.

Obviously, winning is the most important thing. It is all about winning. But if you are doing your job… celebrating can bring the team and yourself energy and people can feed off of that. 

Templin: You obviously get a player comparison question all the time. So I’m not going to ask you about ‘Jason Pierre-Paul’ or anything like that. But is there a career you would want to model yours after? Whether it be longevity, endorsements, or commercials? 

Weaver: “Yeah. First, for defensive players, it is tough to get sponsors. You gotta be the top, best of the best—defensive rookie of the year, that type of stuff. And just football in general cause we have our helmets on, we don’t have much facial recognition… I could say right from Pittsburgh; I’d say Aaron Donald. What he strung in his first 7-8 years in the league, that got him plants of endorsements. You see a lot with J.J. Watt.”

Templin: Any idea what you are going to wear on draft night? 

Weaver: Yeah, chill outfit. Jordans.

Templin: Which Jordans?

Weaver: I don’t know, we will have to see when the picture drops.

Sorry ONE37pm family, I tried.

Templin: How about a favorite cheat meal spot?

Weaver: I was super strict during my pro-day training. But during those cheat meals… fried chicken honestly. Chicken wings.

Templin: OK, but what kind of wings? Mom’s homemade or a spot?

Weaver: Anywhere. The spot, bar, restaurant… any chicken wings anywhere. Or I am big on sweets. Shakes are my thing… There are a couple of places in Pittsburgh. GetGo is a convenience store in Pittsburgh and they have a late-night menu with an oreo shake.

Weaver is destined for big things. Sure, there may be uncertainty right now.

But his success feels inevitable.

Entrepreneurs Grind

Myles Garrett Is Tackling The Global Water Crisis By Partnering With Waiakea

Myles Garrett put it simply. 

“There are people who do not know what clean water looks like. They do not know what it tastes like. There are people drinking the same water as their livestock.” 

Today is World Water Day, and the NFL Superstar wants to do his part to help address the growing crisis that affects people all over the world. 

One of the most important things to remember about athletes is that they have a life outside of the game. For Garrett, he is focused on helping others and giving back, wherever and however he can.

It is easy to get caught up in our lives. For a large majority of the United States, water is something that we take for granted. 

When I talked with Myles, I was curious about something that I myself struggle with. So many people are advised to “not care what other people think.” Yet, it is so important to be a good representation of your family, the company you work for, or any community you might be a part of. Garrett says it comes down to one thing: 

“My mom kinda said there was only one thing that mattered, kindness. She was the one who showed me the water crisis when I was a kid.”

He said that he knows what it is like to, “be under the microscope,” and to be at the center of the conversation, but he does his best to not pay that much attention.

Instead, Garrett said that he has a lot of faith “in listening to my heart and my gut.” He feels that he is in a position where he can really change the world and affect lives. 

I asked Garrett about seeing the lives he is affecting through his new partnership with Waiakea

“I went on a trip a little over a year ago to Africa and that really opened my eyes.” 

Obviously, during this pandemic, it is difficult to get around, but Garrett is, “absolutely,” going back to Africa as soon as he can. This is something that he speaks about with passion. 

“People have stomach aches and headaches from drinking unsafe water.” 

When you are a superstar in the NFL, there is no shortage of networking opportunities and Garrett wants to put the power he has and the advantages he has to the test.

“I’ve been able to get David Njoku to help out. I am trying to get Baker (Mayfield) and Christian McCaffrey next.” 

But not all of us are friends with Baker Mayfield. I wanted to know what can someone such as myself do? What can the average person do to help this cause?

“Just donate. The amount doesn’t even matter cause anything helps.”

And he’s right. 

A $5 donation can hydrate a community for a week or a farmer for a month. 

No one is asking people to break the bank. But that statistic really proves a lot. Every little bit helps.