Reigning Most Outstanding Player Brandon Banks first CFL athlete to release NFT

Reigning Most Outstanding Player Brandon Banks has become the first player in CFL history to release a non-fungible token (NFT) and auction it off for charity.

The auction, hosted on the NFT platform, will begin at 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 8 and close on Monday, April 12 at 1 p.m. EDT.

Banks will donate all proceeds from the auction through Give Proof To Our Youth to the John Howard Society’s David Lane Youth Success Fund. The winner will receive the official NFT design, and a personal experience.

That will either include two tickets to a game and an on-field meet and greet with Banks, if the winner is local, or an autographed jersey and a virtual meet and greet with Banks, if the winner is not local or unable to attend a game.

“Over the past year, I’ve been trying to think of unique ways to continue to be involved in the Hamilton community since I can’t physically be there right now,” Banks said in a statement. “The opportunity to be a pioneer in the NFT space among CFL circles and raise money for a cause near and dear to my heart in Hamilton, my second home, was a perfect fit.”

A non-fungible token, or NFT, is a unit of data on a digital ledger called a blockchain, where each NFT can represent a unique digital item that is not interchangeable. NFTs can represent digital files such as art, audio, videos, items in video games and other forms of creative work.

Speedy B was the three-down league’s 2019 MOP. He started 16 games at receiver for Hamilton during the regular season and set career highs with 112 receptions for 1,550 yards and 13 touchdowns, while leading the CFL in those three major receiving categories. Banks’ 112 catches were a Ticats’ single-season franchise record.

Last December, Banks signed a one-year contract extension with the Tabbies for the 2021 season.

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