A week from today, Zach Wilson’s life is set to completely change. The former BYU quarterback is expected to be the highest drafted Cougar — ever — when the 2021 NFL draft kicks off on April 29.
However, the Draper native’s life has already started to change just in anticipation of what’s to come.
Wilson now has a bowl named after him at Chipotle Mexican Grill; The Wilson Bowl includes chicken, white rice, black beans, tomatillo-green chili salsa and guacamole. The online-only option comes out to $9.60 and 765 calories.
But don’t think Wilson is the only one to get the superstar treatment.
The new menu item is actually part of Chipotle’s hand at NFL draft promotional materials. The fast casual restaurant has also added options named after Ohio State QB Justin Fields and North Dakota State QB Trey Lance.
Lance’s Bowl is comprised of steak, brown rice, black beans, fresh tomato salsa, tomatillo-green chili salsa, romaine lettuce and guacamole. Fields has a salad — made up of brown rice, black beans, fajita veggies and guacamole — named after him.
All of those guys are expected to be selected in the first round.
Also, as if having your own menu item at one of your favorite places wasn’t enough, Wilson has also signed an endorsement deal with Nike.
The former BYU Cougar will be in attendance at the NFL draft in Cleveland next week.
Wilson will become a legacy name in Provo
Zach Wilson was the first to go against the tide within his family, which used to bleed nothing but Utah Utes red. Now, it seems the entire family’s closet is being cleaned out to fit BYU royal blue.
Another Wilson has committed to play for the BYU Cougars: Micah Wilson.
Micah is the third Wilson to choose BYU and the sixth member of BYU’s 2022 recruiting class. The linebacker will join his older brother Josh in Provo, where oldest brother Zach saw great success.
The Corner Canyon product shared his news in a Twitter post earlier this week, where he said:
“Family is everything to me. Staying close to home, playing with my brother and having the opportunity to work with amazing coaches, makes BYU the perfect fit for me. With that being said, I am COMMITTED to BYU and I’m excited to start my journey at the next level.”
If the Utes didn’t regret overlooking Zach Wilson before, do you think they do now?
• The BYU women’s volleyball team put up a good fight in the NCAA Tournament but ultimately got eliminated — and you can’t blame the Cougars. Top-seeded Wisconsin was just too good, and is too good. The Badgers are playing in the semifinals Thursday night and are expected to make it to the championship game.
• The UTRGV family — my UTRGV family — lost another good one this week. Yesterday, the athletics department shared the news of former coach Manny Mantrana’s passing on Tuesday. Mantrana coached the Broncs/Vaqueros from 2009 to 2017. As someone who was at UTPA 2007-2014, covered the Broncs 2010-13 and stayed in contact with Mantrana well after I graduated, his unexpected death hit hard. Thanks for all the help, coach.
• Speaking of Fields, this week he informed NFL teams he is battling epilepsy, a neurological disorder that often causes seizures.
Normita’s Spanish Lesson of the Week
El legado de Wilson pertenece a BYU.
The Wilson legacy belongs to BYU.