Arch Manning says he’s in EA Sports College Football 25 after reports emerged that he had retired from the video game

By The Associated Press

Texas backup quarterback Arch Manning announced Tuesday that his likeness will be used in EA Sports College Football 25 after reports emerged that he had turned down the game developer’s offer to star in it.

Manning, the grandson of former Saints quarterback Archie Manning and nephew of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, posted on social media a video of Eli reading him a fake play while throwing a touchdown pass in the video game. The video was captioned, “I’m IN THE game.”

EA Sports College Football 25 is scheduled to be released on July 19th. It will initially be available for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X gaming systems.

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The game will be the first version of EA Sports’ college football franchise, which has been released since 2013. At the time, production of the game was halted due to lawsuits accusing the company of using players’ likenesses without compensation. The NCAA’s approval in 2021 for players to profit from their brand opened the door for the game to resume.

EA Sports offered FBS players a minimum of $600 and a copy of the game to have their likeness included. Additionally, EA Sports offered some players NIL deals to promote the game through an ambassador program.

Several media outlets reported that Manning initially turned down EA Sports’ offer because he wanted to focus on playing football. He was the most high-profile player to reportedly drop out.

Perhaps poking fun at the reason for his departure from the club, Eli Manning tweeted: “@ArchManning is in the game! This is a great way to focus on football.”

More than 11,000 players have accepted the offer to participate in the game, in which all 134 schools of the Football Bowl Subdivision participate.

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