Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  By FS NORTH STAFF  |  Last updated 8/15/13
Adrian Peterson believes Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and other college football players should be able to get paid. As the NCAA continues to investigate if Manziel got paid to sign autographs and memorabilia for dealers, Peterson spoke out about the hypocrisy of the situation and if he believes amateur athletes should be allowed to profit off their name. I think so, Peterson told FOXSports.com in a telephone interview Thursday. The universities are making a lot of money off of student athletes in general. So, yeah he should be able to make money. I think so. They make millions off of these college athletes and they made millions off of the guys I played with as well. Yeah, he should be getting paid. Peterson, who starred at the University of Oklahoma for three seasons, saw first-hand the attention high-profile players attract at the collegiate level. When asked if every college football player should get paid or if its a case-by-case situation, Peterson said: I think if you are in a position to where people want to pay you for your autographs or signatures then you should be able to do that. Hes a young man and he should be able to sign his name on a helmet or wherever without it being an issue." Peterson, who recently joined forces with pharmaceutical company Mylan Specialty to launch an anaphylaxis campaign to help people battling shellfish allergies, isnt the first NFL superstar to be outspoken about paying college players. Earlier this week, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said that he would be mad if Manziel escapes suspension. Hell yeah, Ill be mad, Bryant said. I will be mad. But I dont want him to get suspended. I will be mad more at the NCAA on how they do things. I just feel like its not fair. This is something I have no problem talking about because I feel like somebody needs to say something to him and let it be known how they treat people is not right. Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy after setting all-purpose yardage records in 2012, has received scrutiny for his fast-paced lifestyle this offseason. Several reports have emerged that Manziel received payment for multiple autograph sessions. Manziel's attorney has been adamant that while he was aware that the quarterback has signed plenty of autographs in the past year, hes not aware of any evidence of him receiving money to do so. Peterson, who returned from reconstructive knee surgery last season, ran for 2,097 yards in 2012. The Vikings running back also commented on whether Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III should play in the preseason. Griffin, who has been rehabbing a torn ACL which he suffered in January, has been direct with reporters in saying that he would like to play but team doctors have told head coach Mike Shanahan to have him sidelined until Week 1. Peterson can relate to Griffin as they have both been embroiled in similar situations and are fierce competitors and know whats best for their bodies. I think the coaches need to listen to him, Peterson said. In the preseason, if he feels like thats what he needs to do. Im the type of person that knows my body and you know how you feel. So, if he feels like hes ready to roll then go for it. To be in the position that hes in from what hes gone through in college and being the second pick, Im sure he has a great work ethic. But Im sure theyre thinking why chance it in the preseason.
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