The players at the Scouting Combine don’t have a team. The team is themselves. And they know it.
So it was fitting that, as a group of players broke an impromptu huddle before a round of workouts on Saturday, they said, “One, two, three . . . get money!”
Getting money is something they haven’t been allowed to do throughout their college careers, even as the universities get millions for their efforts, risks, and sacrifices. Whatever they get by way of a free education doesn’t equal the value of what they provide.
Case in point: Alabama football generated a profit of $46 million in 2015.
NFL Network is making slightly less by televising the Scouting Combine. But the players who hope to “get money” as a result of the draft process are getting no money for one last time as they provide free content and, ultimately, revenue for someone else.
By September, that will change. And each one of them should get as much money as they can, and no one should ever call them greedy or selfish. The careers are too short, the risks are too great, and the effects of a lifetime of football may last much longer than the money does.