NFL star says college athletes should be paid

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Adrian Peterson is making a pretty penny in the NFL at the moment. But it wasn't always like this.

The Minnesota Vikings star running back was an exceptional performer in college, where he was incredible for the Oklahoma Sooners - making them a whole host of money in the process - without ever seeing anything in return.

And with the talk of whether college football players should be paid, naturally AP was one of the first people asked.

I feel like, as much money as universities make, some of that should come down to the players, as well," Peterson said, according to ESPN.

"Johnny Manziel made Texas A&M so much money," he added. "When I was at Oklahoma, they made so much money."

Peterson wasn't just content with remarks about football, but brought college basketball into the equation as well. The 29-year old spoke out against NBA commissioner Adam Silver's potential plans to make basketball players stay in school for two years.

"They're trying to make basketball players go two years in college. Wow. I wonder why?" Peterson said. "Think about it -- just imagine if LeBron James had been in college for two years. How much money would that college have made off LeBron James?"

"They would have made so much money off LeBron James. It's about the freedom to do as you want and make your own decisions."

Peterson celebrated the birth of his first daughter while still in college and obviously felt that he needed to become a breadwinner with such responsibilities. But it was the NCAA who stopped him from being a provider.

Peterson was a seventh overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft and has gone on to star in six Pro-Bowl games as well as coming oh so close to breaking the single season rushing yards record held by Eric Dickerson.

He clearly feels when an institute is making that much money off a player or team, they deserve to see some of it. An argument that is hard to bat against.

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