Arby's Will Pay College Running Backs to Declare 'Tonight, I'm Getting Arby's!'
As the NCAA's newly minted name, image and likeness rules take effect, freeing college athletes to sign endorsement deals, Arby's invites Division 1 running backs to trade in their helmets for cowboy hats—metaphorically, of course—and pick up some sponsorship loot.
Working with creative agency Fallon and PR shop Edelman, the restaurant chain, famous for its roast beef and outsized western headgear, put out a call Thursday to top-tier RBs on Twitter. (Arby's ... RB's ... how could they resist?)
Watch Auburn's Shaun Shivers, Ohio State's Trevon Henderson, Washington State's Max Borghi and Notre Dame's Kyren Williams go deep with the pitch:
Are you a D1 college running back looking to beef up your bank account? #ArbysRBs pays you to say, “Tonight, I’m getting Arby’s!” Time to get that Arby’s cash, y’all. Head to https://t.co/TcutB8qFxY for details. School eligibility req’d. Ends 12/1/21 or when cap is reached. pic.twitter.com/snopqGE9kl— Arby's (@Arbys) September 22, 2021
Per Arby's, the first 200 eligible running backs to post about the offer on Instagram or Twitter—and declare, "Tonight, I'm getting Arby's!"—will earn $500 and RB-branded swag.
As you'd expect, the roster's filling up fast, with running backs showcasing their best moves for a seat at the table:
@Arbys #sponsor #ArbysRBs pic.twitter.com/hdp83GMzv1— christian beal-smith (@beal_christian) September 24, 2021
@Arbys #Sponsored #ArbysRBs #RBU #BuffaloBulls LETS GO!! pic.twitter.com/2c1jZyf0S8— Ron Cook Jr. (@ayooronn) September 24, 2021
Tap In with @Arbys #sponsored #ArbysRBs pic.twitter.com/G8cXNkjtLq— Elijah Collins (@24foshow) September 23, 2021
Just wouldn't work for QBs. Sorry, Malik Willis, guess you'll never get any endorsement deals ever.
"NIL marketing allows brands to develop meaningful partnerships with athletes in the early stages of their careers," Arby's VP of advertising, content and core menu Deborah von Kutzleben tells Muse. "We are always looking for ways to do traditional sponsorship differently and reach our customers unexpectedly."