As the NCAA continues to investigate if Manziel got paid to sign autographs and memorabilia for dealers, Peterson spoke out about the situation and if he believes amateur athletes should be allowed to profit off their own names.
“I think so,” Peterson told FOXSports.com in a telephone interview Thursday. “The universities are making a lot of money off of student athletes in general. So, yeah, he should be able to make money. I think so. They make millions off of these college athletes and they made millions off of the guys I played with as well. Yeah, he should be getting paid.”
Peterson, who starred at the University of Oklahoma for three seasons, saw first-hand the attention high-profile players attract at the collegiate level. When asked if every college football player should get paid or if it should be a case-by-case situation, Peterson said:
“I think if you are in a position to where people want to pay you for your autographs or signatures, then you should be able to do that. He’s a young man and he should be able to sign his name on a helmet or wherever without it being an issue." (FOXSports.com)
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