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Former Alabama Crimson Tide cornerback Marquis Johnson and defensive sort out Terrence Cody reportedly could have been paid for his or her autographs whereas nonetheless in faculty.
Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated reported that the members of the 2009 BCS nationwide championship-winning group “are among a group of players named who allegedly received cash for signing Alabama memorabilia,” per Khadrice Rollins of Sports Illustrated.
Winn’s piece pointed to Cliff Panezich and Adam Bollinger, who bought sports activities memorabilia, and famous they frolicked across the Crimson Tide in 2009 whereas the gamers had been on winter break.
The 2009 Alabama group beat Texas within the BCS Championship Game, 37-21.
Winn quoted Panezich within the story, and the sports activities memorabilia collector steered Johnson was paid roughly $200 and helped recruit different gamers to signal. Panezich mentioned Cody was paid about $400 and was “probably the biggest” amongst those that signed issues comparable to footballs and mini helmets.
Cody was a two-time All-American throughout his time at Alabama earlier than the Baltimore Ravens chosen him within the second spherical of the 2010 NFL draft. He did not register a sack in 4 NFL seasons.
As for Johnson, the then-St. Louis Rams chosen him within the seventh spherical of the 2010 draft, though he performed simply 5 NFL video games in two seasons.