Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett are gearing up for the Super Bowl on Sunday, but they took some time out this week to lash out at the NCAA.
We are in to the third day of media interviewing players ahead of the Super Bowl and questions about the game are dwindling as their really is only so many times you can hear the same cliched responses about playing hard and respecting the other team before swaying off topic.
So that's why it really is no surprise that the Seattle Seahawks stars Bennett and Sherman were asked about the college game. The gathered reporters will be delighted with the results as the defensive end and corner absolutely eviscerated the NCAA's model.
"Biggest scams in America"
Bennett maligned how little the college system and universities do for student athletes, who risk future earning potential to make money for their schools. From ESPN:
"I think the NCAA is one of the biggest scams in America," Bennett said. "These kids put so much on the line. They say, 'We give you a free degree...It makes me so mad and irate. Universities need to do more for the student-[athletes].''
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Broken Legs and Broken System
Bennett kept on going, claiming that the schools and NCAA pay the absolute dirt minimum they can to help treat players injuries depsite raking in millions of dollars from merchandise sales and TV deals.
"Guys break their legs and they get the worst surgeries you could possibly get, they see the worst doctors, they get the worst treatment, then they're stuck with injuries for the rest of their life, and to say that you get a degree doesn't mean anything to me," he added.
Now starring in the National Football League as probably the best cornerback in football, Sherman revealed that he struggled financially while starring on the field at Stanford and had to choose between filling up his car or going hungry.
“I can tell you from experience, I had negative-40 bucks in my account. Usually my account was in the negative more time than it was in the positive. You’ve got to make decisions on whether you get gas for your car or whether you get a meal for the day. You’ve got one of the two choices.” - Richard Sherman
Wow. Bennett and Sherman really go all in on the NCAA. And i bet that every other single player that you would ask about this would have similar things to say.
Change is Needed
The NCAA needs a change, but it's gotten to a state where nobody really knows how to go about making things fair. You can't make every single school from Alabama to Grambling State pay their athletes the exact same because the lesser schools don't have that kind of budget.
But teams with star players make an absolute killing on shirt sales. If a school has a Johnny Manziel type then they will be rolling in the cash. The fact that the players themselves and their teammates that help to make them stars get no reward from that, risking their livelihood's on the field is a disgrace that needs to be changed.