Y11 Notes: Corporate America is Cool Again, Mike Glass to XFL
Max Reese gets to rock a chain and have a fridge full of Reese's to be an ambassador for peanut butter and chocolatey goodness.
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Y11 Notes: Friday, Oct. 7, 2022
BIG PEANUT BUTTER STRIKES AGAIN: Reese’s signs Max Reese and other Reese’s to NIL deal.
If you’re like me, reading about NIL deals is sometimes fun to read and enjoy, and other times these stories kind of end up like Aaron Judge’s home run chase. I don’t need to see this all the time.
However, Eastern Michigan true freshman TE Max Reese has a cool deal that’s worth sharing. Reese’s, recently voted Still My Favorite Candy by The Ypsilanti Eleven’s editorial board, has signed Reese and 11 other college football players with the last name ‘Reese’ to be ambassadors for the brand.
Per On3, everybody will get have Reese’s cups and footballs for the season, and some other paraphernalia.
The gear includes a Reese’s Reese Chain, an ambassadors only gold chain and a pendant. Players involved in the deal will also receive a custom-tailored blaze orange Team Reese travel blazer, a pair of custom “cup-links” and a mini fridge shaped like a locker to “keep Reese’s footballs at the perfect temperature.”
Said EMU’s Reese:
Max Reese was also excited to be a part of the deal.
“It’s truly a dream come true definitely a partnership that I have dreamt about for numerous years especially having the last name that I do,” he said. “Glad to be a part of Team Reese’s!”
Conveniently for Reese, he’s currently in a freshman transition year since joining the team as a tight end after playing mostly wide receiver in high school. The true freshman hasn’t appeared for EMU yet, and moving positions like he is will require all the perfectly-chilled chocolate-covered peanut butter footballs he can take.
Also, expect the players to be featured on Reese’s University website. The website is built to look like a real school, including links to the “athletic” and “admissions” departments. There are even examples of what student life looks like at RU.
EMU IN THE PROS: QB Mike Glass receives XFL Draft invite
Former Eastern QB Mike Glass III gets to try a new pro football league.
The XFL, which has hiccupped its way into re-restarting in 2023, has added him to this year’s draft pool.
Glass, whose 2019 season of 3,587 yards of offense (3,169 passing, 401 rushing) and 24 pass TDs set a new schools record last set by Charlie Batch in 1997, finally signed his first professional contract in 2022 for the Indoor Football League’s Massachusetts-based team.
As the 8-team XFL will shape back up with its draft next month, and players like Glass are receiving their invites. The XFL season will begin the week after the Super Bowl and will run through the end of April.
Best case scenario for Glass: Things go great for him in the XFL and it ends up being enough for an NFL team to take a chance on him. Former Toledo QB Logan Woodside, though was a 7th-round draft pick out of college in 2018, ended up playing for a job out of the short-lived AAF in 2019 (Alliance of American Football). He didn’t exactly light things up, but the Tennessee Titans put him on their practice squad in 2019, and has been on the team’s roster since 2020.
Eastern Michigan’s also still looking for its first graduate to see the NFL field since Maxx Crosby was drafted by, and has had an incredible career for, the Oakland-turned-Las Vegas Raiders.
Glass is a St. Louis-raised graduate of Hazelwood Central HS and transferred to Eastern Michigan after he spent his first two college years (2015-16) season at Fort Scott Community College and Southwestern Community College and won his league’s offensive MVP award as a sophomore. Glass transferred and sat out the 2017 season, shared time with Iowa transfer Tyler Wiegers in 2018, and was the full-time starter by 2019. As a senior, Glass was a Second Team All-MAC QB that finally broke some of Batch’s passing records from 1997.