Late fighting legend Muhammad Ali’s teenage grandson is a football star who just signed his first modeling contract.
Seventeen-year-old Biaggio Ali Walsh, a high school senior, has signed on with Wilhelmina Models, a Dallas-based talent management agency that also represents celebrities including Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes and Victoria’s Secret model Devon Windsor.
Walsh recently tweeted to his followers:
So excited that I signed with Wilhelmina Models! Thank you and I’m excited to work with you guys! @Wilhelmina
— BIAGGIO ALI WALSH (@BiaggioAli1234) June 14, 2016
Wilhelmina was founded by Dutch model Wilhelmina Cooper in 1967 and represents models, musicians, actors and athletes. A Wilhelmina agent told TMZ:
“He has a great look. He’s a well-rounded person. That’s what we look for.”
Walsh has expressed his passion for football and is the star running back at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada.
When it comes to speed, the teenager believes his athletic abilities are similar to his grandfather’s. Walsh’s coach said in a video by Bleacher Report:
“Biaggio is one of the fastest kids in the country. He has one of the fastest 40-yard dashes in the United States of America.”
While Walsh has an affinity towards team sports, his 14-year-old brother Nico is taking after grandfather Ali in the boxing ring.
Ali commented on the aspirations of his two grandsons in the video:
“We are equally proud of both boys. It’s always surprising when you witness real athletic talent at such young ages. It’s been a thrill to watch. We’re happy both boys are enjoying their respective sports and want them to stay focused and healthy. However, they know, it’s their excellence in academics that we want maintained above all else.”
Last season, Walsh rushed nearly 2,500 yards and scored 33 touchdowns.
Recruiters count him among the top high school football running backs in the country.
Walsh has received at least 10 scholarship offers from colleges that include the Universities of California and the University of Louisville. Louisville was the city that his late grandfather was laid to rest in last week.
Ali, a fighting legend, passed away at the age of 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Walsh often referred to his grandfather affectionately as “Poppy” and has posted a number of pictures of the two together on his Instagram account.
In honor of his grandfather, Walsh is dedicating his upcoming senior football season to him.