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Wednesday Round-Up: Seahawks' Washington Huskies Alums Launch 1861 NIL Foundation in Washington

Washington Huskies alum Will Dissly, Lawyer Milloy and Mario Bailey are among the 1861 NIL Foundation group establishing opportunities for youth in Washington.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Wednesday, January 25 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Will Dissly, Lawyer Milloy & Mario Bailey Help Launch 1861 NIL Foundation

With a wave of young student-athletes provided more opportunity to make money off their likenesses and brands, five University of Washington alumni banded together to help. Seahawks tight end Will Dissly, Seahawks Legend Lawyer Milloy and Director of Legends and Player Engagement Mario Bailey are part of the group looking to change the college experience for student athletes in the Pacific Northwest.

From 1981-1985, Clark was a member of the Huskies' swim team. Now, she's joined forces with Washington royalty on the gridiron to help athletes secure NIL deals to financially support their college experience. Clark discussed her reasoning with the Seattle Times for joining the group in creating the foundation.

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"You may wonder why I'm so committed to this,"Clark told The Seattle Times. "I don't come from a stable family background. My athletic scholarship was my way out. It provided me my own life and my own power and my own money and I got away from something that was really difficult for me."

In 2014, Dissly committed to the University of Washington shortly after being named the Montana Gatorade High School Player of the Year. The former high school defensive end moved to offense, earning Second Team All-Pac 12 Honors in 2017 before being selected by Seattle in the 2018 Draft.

Dissly discussed the perils of living in an expensive city like Seattle as a struggling college student.

​​"I'm not going to lie: Seattle's not a cheap place to live," Dissly told The Seattle Times. "I'm not a trust fund baby, so there were days when I was bumming a few bucks from teammates to buy tacos, waiting for that next check to hit. A lot of people can relate: It's check to check when you're a college student. You're working, man. You're not just competing on the football field. You're competing at UW against some of the brightest minds in the country. They're doing that for their full-time job, and you're doing a full-time job playing football. I definitely think those players should get what they deserve."

Tacoma native Lawyer Milloy finished his 15-year NFL career in 2010 with his hometown Seahawks. The Super Bowl XXXVI Champion safety was a unanimous All-American and Jack Tatum Trophy award recipient in 1995 for the Huskies before becoming a star for the New England Patriots. Cheney native Steve Emtman was a star defensive end for the Huskies, earning the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year for 1990 and 1991 along with the Lombardi Award. Emtman spent five seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins before joining the coaching staff of the Spokane Shock indoor football league from 2007-10.

Former Huskies wideout Mario Bailey capped a phenomenal college career with a 1991 National Championship, earning Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year and Consensus All-American honors. After brief stints with the Houston Oilers and New York Jets, Bailey became an international superstar as part of NFL Europe. After five seasons starring for the Frankfurt Galaxy, Bailey joined the XFL as a three-time All-NFL Europe selection and two-time World Bowl Champion.

Between enlightening players on NIL opportunities along with everyday resources, 1861 will provide camps for students both in-state and outside of the area to learn ways to navigate the murky waters of endorsement deals.

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