Adrian Peterson Backs Johnny Manziel; NCAA Rules Should Be Changed in Future

By Andrew Fisher
Adrian Peterson
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While a lot of people have been criticizing the heck out of Johnny Manziel, Adrian Peterson is not one of them. The NFL‘s best running back defended the Heisman trophy winner recently, saying that he thinks college athletes should be able to get paid.

“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.”

I couldn’t agree more with Peterson’s assessment. College athletes have been getting the shaft in the payroll department for years. Universities cash in while the athletes have to wait and hopefully get paid in the pros. It doesn’t always happen that way. Not every college star makes the pros and sometimes they lose out on a lot of cash that could have been there’s.

Many people think that college athletes should be eligible for a percentage of their merchandise earnings, but those same people will point out that Manziel (allegedly) broke an NCAA rule. They use logic like – it might be a crappy rule, but it’s still a rule. That’s not the right way to think about it in my opinion. If a rule sucks, change it. Now, all because of some stupid autographs, college football might lose it brightest star for the upcoming season. Who wins in all of that?

I don’t think there is a winner. The problem could be solved if there was an adjustment made to the rules – but I’m not counting on that for a long time. However, it’s still good to see well-respected players like Peterson stepping up to defend Manziel. It’s at least a step in the right direction.


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