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Adrian Peterson: Johnny Manziel should be getting paid

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08:51 AM ET 08.17 | So All Day, what do you think about Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, and accusations he may have been paid for signing thousands of autographs? Do you think collegiate stars like the Texas A&M quarterback should be paid? "I think so," Adrian Peterson said Thursday during an interview with FOXSports.com. "The universities are making a lot of money off of student athletes in general. So, yeah, he should be able to make money." But isn't that against NCAA rules? "They make millions off of these college athletes, and they made millions off of the guys I played with as well," Peterson told FOXSports. "Yeah, he should be getting paid."

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August 17, 2013  09:15 AM ET

AP's OU education is showing.

Boosters would exploit autographs, jersey sales, etc. and take it to the extreme. It would become a recruiting advantage for the big money boosters at the football factories. That's the reason it's against the rules in the first place.

August 17, 2013  09:28 AM ET

Everybody makes money. Some do it quieter than others and everybody lies.

August 17, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Boosters would exploit autographs, jersey sales, etc. and take it to the extreme. It would become a recruiting advantage for the big money boosters at the football factories.

You mean - they don't?

I really do see both sides of this argument, B-f-G... but every time I try to side with the universities I see the enevitable demise of the existing College Football structure and the advent of Super-Conferences and it just comes across as hypocritical that there is going to be this massive bucket of money for "the football factories" and the only ones not sharing in it are the product.

August 17, 2013  09:51 AM ET

1. Free college education
2. Free room & board (food, housing, etc)
3. Multiple years living like a king being worshipped by the student body.
4. Hot college girls throwing themselves at you
5. Followed by the potential opportunity to sign a multi-million dollar contract straight out of college.

Is the average American really supposed to feel bad for these kids?

August 17, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You mean - they don't? I really do see both sides of this argument, B-f-G... but every time I try to side with the universities I see the enevitable demise of the existing College Football structure and the advent of Super-Conferences and it just comes across as hypocritical that there is going to be this massive bucket of money for "the football factories" and the only ones not sharing in it are the product.

It's really just the greedy pointing fingers at the greedy.

Someone is going to be pocketing the money - whether it be the students or the universities.

Although the most complicated scenario becomes how do you pay the players?
- Do you only pay the student athletes who play televised sports?
- Do you pay college football players more than college basketball players?
- Do you pay the star athletes more than the solid starters & the solid starters more than the bench warmers?

How do you even begin to make those breakdowns?

And more importantly, how much money do you have to throw at a headcase like Johnny Manziel to prevent him from selling his autograph? The kid is so selfish he'd probably do it anyway.

August 17, 2013  10:00 AM ET

A.P, you said it all when you said: "But isn't that against NCAA rules"!!!!!

August 17, 2013  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

1. Free college education2. Free room & board (food, housing, etc)3. Multiple years living like a king being worshipped by the student body.4. Hot college girls throwing themselves at you5. Followed by the potential opportunity to sign a multi-million dollar contract straight out of college.Is the average American really supposed to feel bad for these kids?

Great comment!!!!

August 17, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

1. Free college education2. Free room & board (food, housing, etc)3. Multiple years living like a king being worshipped by the student body.4. Hot college girls throwing themselves at you5. Followed by the potential opportunity to sign a multi-million dollar contract straight out of college.Is the average American really supposed to feel bad for these kids?

+1

August 17, 2013  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It's really just the greedy pointing fingers at the greedy.Someone is going to be pocketing the money - whether it be the students or the universities.Although the most complicated scenario becomes how do you pay the players?- Do you only pay the student athletes who play televised sports?- Do you pay college football players more than college basketball players?- Do you pay the star athletes more than the solid starters & the solid starters more than the bench warmers?How do you even begin to make those breakdowns?And more importantly, how much money do you have to throw at a headcase like Johnny Manziel to prevent him from selling his autograph? The kid is so selfish he'd probably do it anyway.

Can't argue with a single point you make Un... which makes all of this even more of a slippery slope for discussion. Because the reality is that without the kids, these football factories would be bereft of big-ass buckets of money. And the NFL just sits back and reaps the benefit of a free farm system.

There is really no clear right or wrong here. As Don Henley once noted, "There's three sides to every story... There's yours and mine and the cold hard truth."

August 17, 2013  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

1. Free college education2. Free room & board (food, housing, etc)3. Multiple years living like a king being worshipped by the student body.4. Hot college girls throwing themselves at you5. Followed by the potential opportunity to sign a multi-million dollar contract straight out of college.

Is the average American really supposed to feel bad for these kids?

Great comment.

August 17, 2013  10:16 AM ET

Headline: "Adrian Peterson: Johnny Manziel should be getting paid"

Who says he hasn't been? :P

August 17, 2013  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You mean - they don't? I really do see both sides of this argument, B-f-G... but every time I try to side with the universities I see the enevitable demise of the existing College Football structure and the advent of Super-Conferences and it just comes across as hypocritical that there is going to be this massive bucket of money for "the football factories" and the only ones not sharing in it are the product.

That "massive bucket of money" doesn't cover expenses at a majority of universities.

August 17, 2013  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

1. Free college education2. Free room & board (food, housing, etc)3. Multiple years living like a king being worshipped by the student body.4. Hot college girls throwing themselves at you5. Followed by the potential opportunity to sign a multi-million dollar contract straight out of college.Is the average American really supposed to feel bad for these kids?

regarding #5, only about 2.4% of college players make the NFL. Out of that 2.4% I would imagine not many signing multi million dollar contracts.

However, your point is well taken.

August 17, 2013  10:27 AM ET

Adrian Peterson.. ''Johnny Manziel should be getting paid"

Apparently he already is

August 17, 2013  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Great comment.

XD

nice image

August 17, 2013  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Everybody makes money. Some do it quieter than others and everybody lies.

The head coach sure makes millions off of these kids. don't care I guess, it stopped being amateur football a long time ago.

Note: a scholarship is not for four years. It is renewable each year. Many are pulled back, you just do not hear about those kids.

August 17, 2013  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

1. Free college education
2. Free room & board (food, housing, etc)
3. Multiple years living like a king being worshiped by the student body.
4. Hot college girls throwing themselves at you
5. Followed by the potential opportunity to sign a mufti-million dollar contract straight out of college.

Free room and board = housing and meal allowance.
Most are served meals at the athletic complex prepared by a professional nutritionist.
They receive plenty of free stuff from Nike, Under Armor, Gatorade, etc.

Simple economics says ... find an apartment with a couple of other guys, split the housing costs and pocket some of the housing allowance. Eat at the athletic complex and pocket the meal allowance. You're a college student so you're expected to figure this out. Oh and enjoy the free education.

My heart just bleeds for the guy trying to make ends meet spending his meal and housing allowance on fast food, spinner wheels and smart phones.

August 17, 2013  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

The head coach sure makes millions off of these kids. don't care I guess, it stopped being amateur football a long time ago.Note: a scholarship is not for four years. It is renewable each year. Many are pulled back, you just do not hear about those kids.

Yes we hear about those kids, on the front page, not the sports page:)

August 17, 2013  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

1. Free college education2. Free room & board (food, housing, etc)3. Multiple years living like a king being worshipped by the student body.4. Hot college girls throwing themselves at you5. Followed by the potential opportunity to sign a multi-million dollar contract straight out of college.Is the average American really supposed to feel bad for these kids?

Agree with most except the last. There's 120 schools in FBS alone, and 224 players get drafted. The chance to make the NFL is minuscule.

Though I agree that the players have it better. Some places have private eating facilities while Joe Freshman rushes from class to his pizza delivery job so he can afford a box of mac and cheese for supper.

 
August 17, 2013  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Yes we hear about those kids, on the front page, not the sports page:)

Not so, but have it your way..Those front pagers play for four years at Florida and a lot of other places. The Urban's of the coaching world cash big checks off of them, keep them active for four years then move on..

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