The NFL is no stranger to digital collectibles. The league partnered with Dapper Labs, the project behind the NFT-fueled CryptoKitties blockchain game, in September for NFL All Day, digital video collectibles in the form of non-fungible tokens.
Pro athletes have been quick to flock to cryptocurrencies, and their enthusiasm has spilled over into NFTs, too. Rob Gronkowski, tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has released a Championship Series NFT collection spotlighting the four championship games he’s played in.
While Antonio Brown has been released from Tampa, the moment will live on. It was captured on video and immortalized in an NFT minted by ViralHog and ViralHeir on the Ethereum blockchain.
NFTs serve the purpose as a status symbol, investment, gaming character, or to fuel a collector’s hobby, to name a few use cases. So why would you want to own one?