Fairley's a Nike man

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley and quarterback Cam Newton are officially competitors now.

Newton won the Heisman Trophy and Fairley won the Lombardi Award last season and led the Tigers to the national championship. They are preparing now for April’s NFL draft.

But Newton is an Under Armour man. And Fairley, it was announced today, has signed up with Nike.

“We’re elated to welcome Nick to the Nike family,” said Bill Kellar, Nike’s Football Category Director. “He is a brute force on the gridiron and has an outstanding drive and determination to succeed at the next level. We look forward to working with Nick as he embarks on his journey to a productive pro football career.”

Fairley said he was delighted to sign with Nike, bypassing Auburn apparel supplier Under Armour.

"I am so proud to be a Nike athlete,” Fairley said."It is amazing to be part of the best and most innovative football brand in the world."

Fairley is projected as a top five pick in the NFL draft.

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