Adrian Peterson: College Athletes Should Be Paid

Posted by Gilbert Sam on 1:41 PM
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Former Oklahoma and current Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson doesn't run the NCAA, but if he did, he'd make one big change: He'd make sure college athletes got paid.

The debate on whether or not to pay college athletes has raged on for years and during a conference call on Wednesday, Peterson left no doubt about which side of the argument he stands on.

"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," Peterson said. "Johnny Manziel helped make Texas A&M so much money. You're talking about championship games that he was able to lead those guys to. You're talking about jersey sales that he don't see a dime of. I feel like as much money as universities make, I feel that some of that money should be given down to the players as well because we are the ones that are making this university money."

Peterson spent three seasons as a running back at Oklahoma and played in three straight bowl games for the Sooners, "These bowl games? Without the players, how much money to do they make? None," Peterson said. "Without the players how much money do they make? They make no money without the players.”

The Vikings running back, who attended the NCAA title game between Connecticut and Kentucky on Monday, didn't limit his 'pay the players' argument to just football, he also brought up basketball. (CBS Sports)

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