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Adrian Peterson believes college athletes should be paid

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More and more people believe college athletes should be paid.  A guy who would have made plenty of money in college agrees wholeheartedly.

Peterson said during a Wednesday conference call with reporters that players “are the ones making these universities money.”  And he’s right.

Johnny Manziel made Texas A&M so much money,” Peterson said, via Ben Goessling of ESPN.com.  “When I was at Oklahoma, they made so much money.”

(Peterson is making plenty of money now, both on the field and off.  Wednesday’s call was conducted in connection with a product known as Hyperice, a device for applying cooling and compression to injured body parts.)

It’s not just football players who are making money that they’re not getting.

“They’re trying to make basketball players go two years in college,” Peterson said.  “Wow. I wonder why?  Think about it — just imagine if LeBron James had been in college for two years.  How much money would that college have made off LeBron James?  They would have made so much money off LeBron James.  It’s about the freedom to do as you want and make your own decisions.”

Amen to that.  No matter how loudly those whose oxen will be gored scream against the concept of paying players who have never been paid, it’s the right thing to do.  And it’s long overdue.

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19 Responses to “Adrian Peterson believes college athletes should be paid”
  1. terryleather says: Apr 9, 2014 6:35 PM

    There’s no rule that says they have to play college ball. They can go play semi-pro instead. Only 1% of them will be average as pro’s. Why pay all of them? If they start getting paid, they should eliminate scholarships and stop turning a blind eye to their academic requirements.

  2. yourfavoriteteamstinks says: Apr 9, 2014 6:40 PM

    As much as I respect Adrian, doesn’t a free college education have a lot of value?

    Players would be there only for the paychecks, not to educate themselves.

  3. axx1 says: Apr 9, 2014 6:45 PM

    Free education at a big time university. Ap should ask the students paying 50k+ a year if they think it would be faired if ncaa players got paid

  4. kev86 says: Apr 9, 2014 6:47 PM

    I do too

  5. hookersdontsnuggle says: Apr 9, 2014 6:51 PM

    If lebron went to college for two years, he’d be a lot more educated than he is now.

  6. longtimefanhtr says: Apr 9, 2014 6:53 PM

    I thought they were.

  7. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Apr 9, 2014 6:53 PM

    The NCAA is a billion dollar business that pays the athletes like $50,000 over four years. If a player gets seriously hurt he can have his scholarship rescinded. It’s not a “free” education. These athletes are doing more than their part to earn it.

  8. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Apr 9, 2014 6:56 PM

    I think it’s wrong to say they’ve never been paid.

  9. dohpey28 says: Apr 9, 2014 6:58 PM

    Free education, free room and board, free meals, etc. All tax free.

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 9, 2014 7:12 PM

    It’s time for change, change that has happened and cannot be refuted.

  11. rockcrete88 says: Apr 9, 2014 7:12 PM

    I do not think players should get additional money, aside from the free education, however I do think they should be free to make their own money through autographs, sponsors, etc.

  12. bigjd says: Apr 9, 2014 7:23 PM

    It would sure save the boosters a lot of money.

  13. bandoy767 says: Apr 9, 2014 7:54 PM

    I don’t think college students should be paid. But I feel they should be allowed to make money off their own brand if they have one. I.E autograph signings

  14. maniccatastrophe says: Apr 9, 2014 9:48 PM

    I agree

  15. liquidchaoss says: Apr 9, 2014 10:24 PM

    We wouldnt want the NCAA to lose their non profit status would we?

  16. pensfan1 says: Apr 10, 2014 2:22 PM

    I think they should be allowed to profit from their image. autographs, etc. I don’t think they need paid to play for a school. I agree with whoever said 1% of them will be average as pros and only 0.001% of those will be spectacular. Unfortunately it is that 0.001% that pulls the rest along through this discussion.

    How about we also he academic mind. Does that count? Is the 0.001% of true scholars that could be a Rhodes scholar or Nobel Prize winner any less valuable? Maybe that speculation can pull the rest of the students along and everyone gets paid to go to school.

    The education alone is worth the price to play. The payoff only happens if they actually finish a degree and don’t drop out for the draft after a couple of years. Too bad those scholarship $$$ had to be used as a paid stepping stone out of college.

  17. harveyredman says: Apr 10, 2014 2:58 PM

    Everyone commenting here about the value of their “free education” has never been on an athletic scholarship at a big school.

    The education is anything but “free”. And education takes a HUGE backseat to playing football and earning your “athletic” scholarship.

    And coached are exactly enamored with players who mistakenly think they are there to take advantage of the educational opportunities. Kids are there to play ball and compete on the field.

    The classroom stuff is obligatory nothing more.

  18. sportsguy3434 says: Apr 10, 2014 9:32 PM

    I think they should get a stipend and be allowed to profit off their name. It is crazy that the ncaa can say when, where, and how you can use your face and your name and your signature…mostly only for the univer$ity promotion$.

  19. jimsnchz says: Apr 13, 2014 3:03 AM

    Northwestern has about 8,000 students. Average tuition is $45k a year. If half of the students pay full price the school gets $180MM. The football program brings in a massive $23MM a year. Yes someone is being exploited, guess who?

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