A few years ago, Russell Okung went down in Super Bowl history as part of the Seattle Seahawks team that managed to slow down the Denver Broncos’ offense in 2014. And now the offensive lineman is back on the pages of the NFL.
This time, Okung went down in American football history by being the first professional player to receive his salary in bitcoins. This after requesting its use since 2019.
The current Carolina Panthers player will receive half of his $ 13 million salary in cryptocurrency through a business partner who will convert the digital currency into traditional money.
Currently, a bitcoin is trading at $ 27,562.40. The 32-year-old Panthers player will receive an estimated 236 bitcoins and will be a free agent by the end of this season.
“The next decade will be one of the massive adoption of bitcoins,” said Russell Okung after learning that his request was granted in his new contract.
And although he will be the first NFL player to receive his salary in this way, he has not been the only case to request such a requirement. In 2017 and 2018, Matt Barkley asked the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals to receive his payment in digital currency, but both clubs refused.
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