Nebraska volleyball star Lexi Rodriguez signed a pioneering NIL agreement with Panini America, becoming the first female college athlete to do so.
A major character in NCAA women's volleyball, the libero has been outstanding on the court, garnering Big Ten first-team honors for two seasons. Rodriguez has achieved commercial success off the court, a major milestone in her student-athlete career.
Pete Nakos of On3 said that Panini America will release three Rodriguez trading cards as part of this partnership.
“I definitely don’t think I would believe that,” Rodriguez said On3 when asked if she would sign a trading card deal as a freshman. “When NIL started my freshman year, I was trying to get a free sweatshirt and food coupons.
I like that my name and photo represent something to others. I'm grateful Panini has given me this chance to flourish."
Rodriguez is thrilled to share trade cards with her admirers, who have been eagerly awaiting them. Fans have asked Rodriguez about trading cards all season, making this agreement a big issue for the Nebraska volleyball standout.
Lexi Rodriguez wants to inspire. Rodriguez is creating history and paving the way for future female athletes to sign lucrative deals. Panini America has worked with elite college football players before, but this cooperation includes female athletes.