UFC CEO’s son earns scholarship offer from Notre Dame, addresses haters
Winning at life has clearly not skipped a generation in the Fertitta family.
We already know Lorenzo Fertitta is a billionaire a couple times over with Station Casinos and Zuffa. And the UFC CEO’s oldest son, Lorenzo Jr., was a star football player at powerhouse Bishop Gorman HS in Las Vegas and now plays for Villanova. Well, as it turns out, Nicco, Fertitta’s middle child, might actually be better on the gridiron than his brother.
Nicco, who also plays at Gorman, received a scholarship offer from Notre Dame recently – a full ride, he tweeted – and he already has offers from the likes of Hawaii and Boston College, according to Scout.com. The recruiting service has the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Nicco ranked as the 30th-best safety in the country and a three-star recruit. Not too shabby.
“It’s a great feeling for sure,” Nicco told Scout. “Notre Dame is a big-time school and it just kind of shows that all the hard work I’ve put in is paying off. I’m not looking to make an early commitment or anything right now. I’m still open to every school and haven’t even thought about cutting my list down but the offer from Notre Dame is definitely a big one for me for sure.”
— NICCO FERTITTA™ (@NFsoCrucial) January 21, 2014
In his tweet, Nicco said he was “proving the haters wrong.” Well, of course he’s going to have haters. His dad is extremely rich and eminently successful in two separate business ventures. People are going to cry that Nicco is only getting these offers because of his father and that he doesn’t need the scholarship because his pops is loaded.
Well, if you look at Scout’s list of the best safeties in the country, you’ll see there are players below him who have interest from the likes of Alabama, Florida and Penn State. One of them – No. 34 Johnny Shaw – is committed to Texas. So, Nicco’s list falls pretty much right in line with what his peers at his position are getting.
Plus, if colleges were just throwing scholarships at players who have rich, famous daddies, why didn’t Lorenzo Jr. go higher? It isn’t like Villanova is a college football powerhouse. The Wildcats don’t even play in the Football Bowl Subdivision. They play in the subdivision formerly known as Division I-AA.
As for the second point about Nicco not needing the scholarship on a financial level? OK, yeah. You won’t get any arguments from us on that front. But don’t you think the Fertittas will contribute to whatever program he ends up at, at least on some level?
Nicco is probably going to have to deal with people putting an asterisk on everything he accomplishes in his life because of his last name. He’ll learn to live with it. His dad sure did, stepping out of the shadow of his own casino mogul father. We’d say he turned out all right.