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'Not In The Game': Arch Manning To Opt Out Of EA Sports CFB Video Game?

Texas Longhorns quarterback Arch Manning has made the shocking decision to not be featured in the college football video game.

College football fans waited around a decade for the return of the ever-popular college football video game.

It ended because players wanted a cut of the money, but now with NIL, they will all be getting $600 and a copy of the game. Some players will even have the opportunity to earn more by advertising the game. However, in a shocking report on Monday evening, Orangebloods' Anwar Richardson revealed that Texas' freshman sensation Arch Manning has chosen not to be in the game.

Texas Longhorns quarterback Arch Manning (16) leaves the field after the 34-24 win over Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, Sep. 9, 2023 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Texas QB Arch Manning

According to Richardson, Manning is focused on football that takes place in the real world.

"Multiple people have told me Texas redshirt quarterback Arch Manning will not opt into EA Sports College Football 25. I'm told Arch is focused on playing football on the field," explained Richardson on the app formerly known as Twitter.

This past season marked Manning's freshman season at Texas, which the former five-star recruit chose over powerhouses like LSU, Georgia, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Alabama among many other suitors. The decision may be a disappointment to fans, and equally as shocking, but Manning hasn't participated in the NIL game in college yet like other athletes.

His lone public NIL opportunity was with Panini America, in which a one-of-one card of his was auctioned off with the proceeds going to charity.

Manning, who is the nephew of Peyton and Eli and grandson of Archie, is expected to back up Quinn Ewers in 2024, before being handed the keys to the program in 2025.

Manning made a couple of appearances, but accumulated just 30 yards passing on five attempts and two completions. He also rushed for seven yards this past season. He is expected to continue the elite level of quarterback play that Texas has been getting after Ewers departs for the NFL.

So far, he is the most notable player to choose not to be in the game.