Transfer quarterback Sam Hartman is in the good graces of Notre Dame teammates after gifting players Dre Beats ahead of the season opener. The Fighting Irish will travel to Dublin this weekend, meaning those headphones will likely be put to use quickly.
The Beats were earned as part of an NIL deal the passer landed upon arriving in South Bend. They should make a lengthy flight a bit more enjoyable ahead of the first game.
Notre Dame kicks off the college football season with a Week 0 matchup against Navy. That contest will be played in Ireland, a trend we’ve seen over the last few years as the sport looks to gain popularity outside of the US.
That near eight-hour flight could be taxing for players as it will likely be the longest they experience this season. Not to worry, Hartman is using his NIL influence to benefit teammates.
The passer struck a deal with Beats by Dre over the offseason, and he quickly acted to allow his entire team to reap the benefits. Hours after landing the deal, Hartman told players that they’d each receive a set of headphones.
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 21, 2023
This coming just days after gifting teammates Under Armour SlipSpeed training shoes. The passer boasts a $1.1 million NIL valuation according to On3 Sports, the 14th-best mark in college football.
Hartman is certainly making an impression on his new program as he wraps up his storied college career in South Bend. Previously, he’d been the starting signal caller at Wake Forest where he threw for nearly 13,000 yards.
Last year was his best in the ACC as he racked up 38 passing touchdowns to just 12 interceptions while completing a career-best 63% of his attempts.
He’ll now take over a Fighting Irish team that won nine games last season and knocked off four Top 25 opponents.
— Sam Hartman (@sam_hartman10) January 5, 2023
Notre Dame will certainly rely on Hartman under center after seeing starters Drew Pyne and Tyler Buchner transfer to Arizona State and Alabama, respectively.