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Peterson: 'College athletes should be paid'

Peterson: College Athletes Should Be Paid



The debate about whether the NCAA should pay college athletes has consumed many sports fans across the country.

Count Adrian Peterson as the latest to weigh in on the cloudy subject.

The Minnesota Vikings running back sounded off on a conference call Wednesday to promote a recovering icing device called Hyperice that he endorses, according to ESPN.com reports.

He said, players "are the ones making these universities money" and singled out quarterback Johnny Manziel, who he claimed brought in tons of revenue for his respective school. "Johnny Manziel made Texas A&M so much money. When I was at Oklahoma, they made so much money."

The report said Peterson, who rushed for 1,266 and 10 touchdowns for the Vikings this past season, also spoke out against NBA commissioner Adam Silver's comments that basketball players should stay in school for two years.

"They're trying to make basketball players go two years in college. Wow. I wonder why?" Peterson said. "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."

When Peterson was a student-athlete at Oklahoma, he said, his first daughter was born, adding responsibilities outside of "playing football and going to class."

"Nobody wants to live in the dorms for four years," Peterson said. "You see the guys who are older, and they have responsibilities. I feel like, as much money as universities make, some of that should come down to the players, as well."

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jayant69 April 10 2014 at 1:59 PM

If that is the reason then college athletes should pay back the schools for the years that they were there. Just as much money as you make for the school you get some of that back when you become a pro. NBA players should have at least 2-3 years of college ball before going pro, has anyone seen how watered down the talent is in the NBA now?

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wscottjordan April 11 2014 at 4:47 AM

If they start getting paid then there shouldn't be a scholorship and they should have to maintain a certain GPA.

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geeszabs April 11 2014 at 4:24 AM

TO A.P. AND ANYONE WHO AGREES WITH HIM AND THIS PROPOSAL................YOUR FULL OF CRAP...........GOING TO COLLEGE IS FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE TO GET AN EDUCATION SO YOU CAN TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY IN THE FUTURE..................NOT TO GET PAID TO PLAY A SPORT...............OR TO LEARN MORE WAYS....... TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF " GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE "...............

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vietnamvet1967 April 10 2014 at 5:50 PM

OK , Then they should pay the college to go there , they skate and pay NOTHING, free rent, food, and so now they can pay , get payed and still owe money

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Fae Kelley April 10 2014 at 4:27 PM

They are paid with a free education which should set them up for life. Any athlete who leaves early or doesn't complete a degree should reimburse the school.
I think the NFL and NBA should establish their own minor leagues and stop using the university system for this purpose.

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jeffcrashed April 10 2014 at 2:44 PM

No pay to college athletes!!!! It's called a Scholorship people...to hear another athlete talk about getting paid is par for the course...gotta get my money...most of them don't even finish they're degree inthe first place...kids that aren't athletes have to spend the rest of they're lives paying back tuition and even they're parents...everything is handed to them and they know it...as far as the injuries, each and every one of them know what they're getting into from the time they start pop warner...I say NO PAY!!

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daglaashoppa April 10 2014 at 2:26 PM

How many College Educated athletes do you see interviewed who cannot compose a sentence. That is grade school education and they received a scholarship to play ball when they can't speak, read or write!!!

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s4use daglaashoppa April 10 2014 at 7:46 PM

they got more of a chance then most thier problem if they dont take advantage of it

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gumbiee49 April 11 2014 at 5:08 AM

Hey Peterson you moron they do get paid. Its called a free education.......
Ohhhhhhhhh I guess you forgot that is supposed to be the real reason kids go to college. I paid thousands of dollars to get my college education and would have loved a free ride.

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torp8r April 12 2014 at 10:38 PM

Adrian is a great athlete. But his comments sometimes suggest he is an idiot !

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Andy April 11 2014 at 12:32 PM

Adrian Petardson. The last two paragraphs of this article says it all. No, the last three paragraphs do.

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