Clowney: “I Would Stay in College if I Got Paid”
Former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is expected to be a top-five pick in the NFL draft and even though he is about to be getting a steady paycheck, he said he might have stayed in school for another year if he were paid for being a college athlete.
“Yes. Having to take care of my family, it would have made a difference if I’d have gotten paid,” Clowney said on “Jim Rome” on Showtime. “If I would have had the chance to take care of my family through college, I would have probably stayed in college.”
“They are selling our jerseys with our numbers and making money off of ticket sales, so I think college athletes should get paid.”
The 6-foot-6, 274-pound player was held to three-year lows in sacks and tackles for loss in 2013. But, he overcame some early speed bumps to earn first-team All-SEC honors a year after being voted unanimously to the All-America team and finishing sixth in Heisman Trophy voting.
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