Kurt Benkert is a former NFL player who was cut by the Packers in 2017. He’s now making more money playing video games than he did playing in the NFL.
Kurt Benkert is a fascinating individual. He’s rapidly become a fan favorite with the Green Bay Packers, and his ascent up the depth chart has shocked everyone but himself. Benkert seems to have a firm grip on the third-string quarterback position for the time being, but he’s been there before.
If Benkert’s career as a quarterback fails, he may pursue a career as a gamer. Although he has every intention of staying in the NFL, he is earning more money off the field than on it.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Kurt Benkert tosses a ball during warmups at Lambeau Field on August 14, 2021, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. | Patrick McDermott/Getty Images
With Aaron Rodgers out for the most of the season, the Packers signed Benkert, a former Virginia football player who also spent time in the preseason with the Atlanta Falcons. Benkert joined the Packers in May, along quarterback veteran Blake Bortles and 2020 first-round selection Jordan Love. Bortles was dismissed by the Packers when Rodgers returned late last month.
Benkert went undrafted in 2018, but signed with the Falcons before being released just before the start of the regular season. He was signed to Atlanta’s practice squad, although he has never thrown a regular-season NFL pass.
Benkert got his first taste of a preseason game with his new club on Saturday. Love injured his shoulder throughout the game and was only able to play for half of it. Benkert took over for Love and completed 8 of 12 passes for 88 yards and an interception.
Benkert has been a fan favorite in Green Bay since he joined with the team. He uses social media to communicate with his followers. He enjoys video games and is paid – and fairly compensated – to play them. Benkert told Go Long in an interview that he’s earned more money gaming this year than he has playing in the NFL.
Benkert said, “So, I get compensated on Twitch.” “During the offseason, I do a lot of streaming. For example, four times a week for five hours each time. So, I’ll stream for around 20 hours a week, playing video games and chatting with subscribers in the chat, and I’ll be paid for it. My two product sponsors are G Fuel Energy and Thursday Boots. As a result, I’ll be using their trademarks on various items.
“I was also signed to a professional gaming squad six months ago. I’m a member of “Ghost Gaming.” For all of it, I get compensated in a variety of ways. That became one of my most significant transactions. I work as a brand ambassador and consultant for Universe, a website builder.”
Benkert claims that gaming has helped him relax. He feels free to play football since he knows he won’t have to worry about finding work if he is dismissed from the club.
He said, “This is the first year I’ve earned more money off the field than on it.” “It’s part of the stress-free aspect of being able to go out and play football freely. Football isn’t going to pay for my future or my expenses. I can basically just go out there and enjoy myself.”
Benkert is the NFL’s best Fortnite player, and it’s paying off.
So, how good is Benkert at gaming?
He told Go Long, “I was the back-to-back No. 1 Fortnite player in the NFL for two years.” “I think I’m very good.”
After his first paid event in 2019, Benkert realized there was money to be earned in gaming.
He said, “It was a Fortnite Pro-Am with 50 pro Fortnite gamers and 50 celebrities, athletes, anything.” “For charity, we participated in a big-ass competition. It was similar to donating a million dollars to charity. They gave me $1,000 and arranged for me to stay in a beautiful hotel – all expenses covered. It happened in Los Angeles. It was just insane.
“So when I was paid for it, I was like, ‘Damn, I should really take this s— seriously.’ There is real money involved. Playing Fortnite allows you to accomplish some amazing stuff.’ I returned, collected the funds, and updated my system. I put money back into myself. It’s all become a little strange now. Razer has sponsored me with a PC. I have a solid formula for producing gaming content, and I have a backlog of material for when I’m busy or traveling.”
Benkert obviously has the gaming industry under control, and it seems that he’s also doing very well with the NFL.
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