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Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant walks on the field before the game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on September 26, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant walks on the field before the game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on September 26, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images via AFP.

Former Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant showed this past weekend that his talents aren't confined to catching touchdown passes in the NFL. Apparently, Bryant has skills as a sports bettor, too.

Over the weekend, Bryant posted a screenshot on X (formerly Twitter) of a winning 13-leg college basketball parlay ticket placed with BetMGM Sportsbook, and the payout was impressive for the former NFL star.

Dez Bryant wins nearly $500K on BetMGM parlay

Bryant, a three-time Pro Bowl receiver who spent eight seasons with the Cowboys, put down $767.68 on a 13-leg parlay from 13 games that took place Saturday. All were moneyline and spread wagers on college basketball odds, and his combined bet came with +54215 odds.

The last leg featured a late comeback win for the Nevada Wolf Pack over UNLV in a game that came down to the last minute. It must have been tense times in the Bryant household.

The payout for guessing all 13 games correctly? A whopping $416,970.35, which surpasses the total cash amount he earned in his final NFL season with the Baltimore Ravens in 2020.

More wins for former NFL star

Shortly after Bryant won his incredible 13-leg parlay bet, he turned around and placed another multi-leg wager with BetMGM ... and won that as well.

Bryant took his college basketball winnings and used $1,000 of it on a multi-leg bet that included tennis star Taylor Fritz defeating Tommy Paul at the Delray Beach Open on Monday. The result of that wager? A nearly $25,000 payout for the former NFL wide receiver.

"Honestly I have no clue," Bryant replied on X about betting against Paul. "I just put [Fritz] down because it looked good.”

Bryant posted a screenshot of yet another parlay bet over the weekend that had potential to pay out nearly $1 million. It was a $900 bet with 15 legs. All but one of those legs cashed, leading to a failed bid to have one of the most memorable sports betting weekends ever.

Good news and bad news for sportsbooks

Obviously, any big payout by one of our best sports betting sites affects the bottom line of that sports betting provider. But the fact that people are talking about the wagering prowess of a former superstar is great exposure not only for the BetMGM brand, but also the industry as a whole.

Bryant and BetMGM both posted screenshots of the winning bet on their respective social media accounts, and the win went viral. There was no shortage of eyes on what Bryant had accomplished with his 13-leg parlay slip.

Bryant has reportedly been working on a sponsorship deal with a nationwide provider in America. An announcement of a brand ambassador deal could be expedited with news of his weekend win.