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Waitr signs LSU star Derek Stingley Jr. to NIL deal

William Taylor Potter
Lafayette Daily Advertiser
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Derek Stingley Jr celebrates after making a tackle as The LSU Tigers take on Central Michigan Chippewas in Tiger Stadium. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.

Lafayette-based food delivery service Waitr has signed LSU star and All-American cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. to a name, image and likeness (NIL) deal to promote the app, Waitr announced Tuesday.

Stingley — widely considered to be one of the best defensive backs in the nation and one of the top prospects for the 2022 NFL Draft — has also forged partnerships with a Natchitoches car dealership and Raising Cane's.

“Waitr believes it’s important to support our local communities, and this is a natural extension of that belief,” said Brittany St. Pierre of Waitr in a press release. “We’re very proud of our college athletes and are thrilled we can now partner with such elite players who represent the state so well.”

As part of the deal, Stingley will receive his own delivery code that customers can use to get free delivery on their next order.

Over the summer, the NCAA adopted an NIL policy that allows college athletes to profit off their names, images and likeness. Stingley is the second college athlete to sign with Waitr, joining Baton Rouge native Christian Harris, a linebacker at Alabama.

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Stingley, a junior, was named a preseason All-American before the 2021 season, and earned first team All-American honors in his first two seasons. He is also a two-time first team All-SEC selection.

“I’m proud to partner with Waitr," Stingley said in a release. "It’s even more important to me that they were founded right here in Louisiana and serves the state so well."

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