Whether you think college athletes should be paid or not; you can’t deny Arian Foster‘s gripping first-hand account of his time as a student-athlete at the University of Tennessee. However, Foster is an exception to the rule as most collegiate athletes can only dream of someday making millions of dollars a year in the NFL. With that being said, Foster claims he oftentimes went hungry while playing for the Volunteers from 2005-08, and was usually offered to be “taken care off.”
In fact, Foster said that if he wasn’t getting aid from then-Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer then other people would regularly ask him if he needed help. Fulmer was usually in Foster’s corner though because the Volunteers’ former running back said that Fulmer once showed up to his apartment and gave four or five players on the team a shipment of over 50 tacos.
On top of that, Foster also threw out the notion that college kids across the country are forced to either sell drugs or pawn their championship rings, so that the next month’s rent can be paid. Let’s wait and see what the NCAA does here, because if the picture that Foster paints is even remotely true then something is going to have to change.