Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is taking a portion of his salary in bitcoin. He also gave away $1 million in the cryptocurrency to his fans in collaboration with Square’s Cash App. “I believe in bitcoin,” he said, adding that “the future is bright.”
Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers Takes Part of His NFL Salary in Bitcoin
American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL), Aaron Rodgers, explained in a video he posted on Twitter Monday that he is taking a portion of his salary in bitcoin. In addition, he gave away $1 million in the cryptocurrency in partnership with Square’s Cash App.
Bitcoin to the moon … That’s why I’m pumped that I recently teamed with Cash App. They have enabled me to take part of my NFL salary in bitcoin for the very first time.
He also wrote: “I believe in bitcoin & the future is bright.”
The Green Bay Packers and Rodgers signed a four-year, $134 million deal before the start of the 2018 season. According to reports, he’s due to earn over $1.1 million in salary, with more than $22 million earned in signing and roster bonuses.
Rodgers Gives Away $1 Million in Bitcoin
Rodgers also announced Monday on Twitter that he was giving away $1 million in bitcoin to his fans. To receive free BTC, fans had to reply to his tweet with their $cashtag and #Paidinbitcoin, and follow @Cashapp on Twitter.
The quarterback explained:
To make bitcoin more accessible to my fans I’m giving out a total of $1M in BTC now too.
Rodgers’ tweet was flooded with people wanting free BTC. At the time of writing, the tweet has been liked 65.2K times and received 111.7K replies. Soon after the announcement, fans claimed to have received bitcoin from the quarterback, posting screenshots of what they received. The amounts varied. For example, some people received about $10 while others received about $100.
A growing number of professional athletes and sports teams are asking to be paid in bitcoin, including Russell Okung, Tom Brady, Saquon Barkley, and Sean Culkin. On Tuesday, the mayor of the U.S. city of Miami, Florida, also said that he is going to take 100% of his next paycheck in bitcoin.
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