Beaverton-based Nike recently signed former University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston to represent the face of the company.
In the past eight months, Nike has terminated the contracts of four different athletes. Signing Mariota is viewed as a smart move on the company’s part.
Last year, Mariota won the Heisman Trophy for his excellence on and off the football field. His touching acceptance speech gained him widespread popularity.
Both Mariota and Winston are expected to be top picks for the NFL draft on April 30.