Arch Manning ends holdout for EA College Football 25: 'I'm in the game'

Texas QB announces he will be in video game in social post with uncle Eli Manning

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Arch Manning enters his second season at Texas as the No. 2 QB on the depth chart behind Quinn Ewers. (Credit: Getty Images)

Texas quarterback Arch Manning audibled and ran a reverse ... at least off the field.

In March, reported Manning had opted out of EA Sports College Football 25 in order to focus on "playing football on the field".

Manning took to social media Tuesday in a promotional post which he plays himself in the new video game, while being coached by his uncle Eli Manning.

The video ends with Manning changing up EA's famous slogan of "EA Sports: It's in the game," instead to "EA Sports: I'm in the game."

However, Manning is actually the backup for one of the three cover athletes for the game, Texas starting QB Quinn Ewers, who helped guide the Longhorns to their first College Football Playoff appearance last season.

Manning, continues to reign supreme off the field. He ranks third among all active college athletes in On3's NIL valuations, with an estimated value of $2.8 million, $900,000 ahead of Ewers. And he has an exclusive trading card deal with Panini.

The game hasn't been produced since 2013 due to a lawsuit surrounding "Name, Image and Likeness." EA is paying every athlete who opts into "College Football 25" $600 plus a free copy of the game. Compensation to individual athletes was exclusively managed by OneTeam Partners.

The game will be released to the public July 19.

Matt Liberman is a video producer and reporter for