On November 1, the National Football League quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, appeared on a Twitter video posted to his account dressed as the character John Wick, explaining that he would be partnering with Cash App to accept a piece of his $22M salary in Bitcoin (BTC).
“I believe in Bitcoin & the future is bright,” says Rodgers, “That's why I’m teaming up with Cash App to take a portion of my salary in bitcoin today. To make Bitcoin more accessible to my fans I’m giving out a total of $1M in btc now too.”
The NFL disclosed in July that Aaron Rodgers would earn a $1.1 million salary as a base on top of his $14.5 million signing bonus and the March $6.8 million roster bonus. This totals around $22.3 million so far. Bitcoin stands at about $61,174.70, making his earnings worth around 364.53 Bitcoin at the time of writing according to Coinbase.
However, the cryptocurrency peaked on October 20th at a whopping $67,000 and dipped to a low of $60,000 more than once last week. Now the crypto asset seems to be mainly moving between a $60,000 and $63,000.
Rodgers isn’t the only professional sports player embracing the crypto trend, helping to make the alternative currency mainstream. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady hopped on the crypto train when he said that he would be giving the fan who held his 600th career touchdown 1 BTC along with signed sports memorabilia. This comes after the game between the Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears. Brady threw his historic career touchdown pass to teammate Mike Evans, who mistakenly handed it off to fan Byron Kennedy.
As reward for giving up the ball so quickly, Brady promised Kennedy 1 Bitcoin.
“There were a lot of negotiations in order to get the ball back,” disclosed Brady. “Byron realized he lost all of his leverage once he gave the ball away [...] I’m also giving him a Bitcoin. That is pretty cool, too. At the end of the day, I think he is still making out pretty.”