9-year-old Ghalee Wadood Jr., from Snoop Dogg’s Youth Football League, signed a six-figure name, image, and likeness (NIL) deal with a sports agency, he is the youngest from a youth league to do so.
Ghalee’s father, Ghalee Wadood Sr., shared the news with Nexstar’s KTLA, describing his son as a “standout 9-year-old athlete who excels in football, baseball, track, and karate.”
“It’s kinda surreal,” said the boy’s father, Ghalee Wadood Sr., who is an associate manager for high school football within the Los Angelos Rams group, reported the outlet. “It’s humbling and exciting for [the agency] to see his potential and want to manage him.”
Wadood Jr. showcased his talent on the field early on, he was named Snoop Dogg’s MVP in his debut season of tackle football.
“For him to win that, in his first year, it just speaks volumes,” Wadood Sr. said. “No first-year kid has ever won such a prestigious award in a really competitive league.”
The 9-year-old is scheduled to train for the upcoming season. Nevertheless, his father wants him to not miss out on his childhood.
“I just want him to stay on the course and hope he doesn’t get too satisfied too early and continues to work hard,” he said.