Vikings’ Peterson: Pay college athletes

Peterson (Jeffrey Thompson / MPR News)

After the recent ruling allowing the unionization of Northwestern University football players, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson tells reporters his thoughts on whether full-ride scholarships are enough payment for college athletes:

"Guys will say scholarships are good enough. No. No. Because you work for those full scholarships. You qualify academically, and if you don't ... I see the best athletes go to junior colleges because academically they weren't able to qualify. So guys work extremely hard to get to college, to be able to get that full scholarship at a university."

You can read his full remarks in a Star Tribune article here.

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