Brock Bowers forgoes collective, passes on hundreds of thousands of dollars for Georgia teammates

Georgia Bulldogs two-time All-American tight end Brock Bowers (19) will not accept any money from the UGA collective, passing along hundreds of thousands of dollars for his Bulldogs teammates. (Jason Getz /

MOBILE, Ala. — It’s a safe bet Brock Bowers will be at the center of the Georgia offense next season regardless of who the coordinator or quarterback turn out to be.

Bowers is everything a coach could want with his intense work ethic, consistency, leadership and standing as an academic All-American.

Running the ball, catching the ball or blocking for a teammate, it seems No. 19 is always in the middle of the action.

But Bowers, a two-time All-American tight end, will not be in the middle of collective opportunities this season despite his tremendous value to the program.

According to sources close to the situation, Bowers will not ask for any collective money because he prefer those opportunities go to other UGA student athletes.

To be clear, there are two categories of NIL deals: collective driven deals that are most often funded by donors, and true-brand (commercial) deals and endorsements.

Coach Kirby Smart has emphasized connectedness as one of the things that separates the two-time national championship Bulldogs from other programs with elite talent.

Having a player like Bowers, a shoo-in for team captain honors this season, will go a long way as Georgia look for opportunities to earn NIL compensation through collective opportunties.

Linebackers Jamon Dumas-Johnson and Smael Mondon are two other standouts on the verge of becoming household names that could benefit.

Both Kirby Smart and UGA athletic director Josh Brooks have publicly endorsed the Classic City Collective, run by former compliance officer Matt Hibbs.

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