Minnesota Vikings RB and former Oklahoma football star Adrian Peterson says college players deserve to be paid

Former Oklahoma superstar and current Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson did a media conference call Wednesday afternoon that touched on lots of subjects. One of them was the debate raging over whether college football players should be paid.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: April 9, 2014 at 6:07 pm •  Published: April 9, 2014
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Former Oklahoma superstar and current Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson did a media conference call Wednesday afternoon to promote a medical recovery device called Hyperice, but the half hour-plus touched on lots of subjects. One of them was the debate raging over whether college football players should be paid.

Should they be paid?

“I feel like they deserve to. I’ve been asked this question before, and it was like, ‘Well, what do you think about full scholarships? Guys get full scholarships. You don’t think that’s good enough?’ Well, no. No.

“You work for those full scholarships. You qualify academically. And if you don’t ... the best athletes go to junior colleges because academically they weren’t able to qualify. So, guys work extremely hard to get to college, to be able to get that full scholarship at a university.

“And then ... you see guys, for example, Johnny Manziel. I could use myself, too. When I was in college, I know personally as far as jersey sales and ticket sales, I helped make that university a lot of money. Johnny Manziel helped make Texas A&M so much money. You’re talking about championship games. You’re talking about jersey sales that you don’t see a dime of.

“In the meantime, you’ve got a guy who could possibly be struggling to live outside of college. No one wants to live in a dorm for four years. Guys who are getting older, they have responsibilities. I came in at a time my first daughter was being born, so there was different responsibilities that I had outside of playing football and going to class. I feel like as much money as universities make, I feel like some of that money should be given down to the players as well. Hey, we are the ones making this university money.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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