This could be beneficial to college athletes at all levels. Senior Bryn Tucker “Tuck”, who has committed to Clemson to play D1 football is excited, stating that if the opportunity arises, he would take the chance to earn a little money. “I’ll definitely take advantage of it. But, it’s also based on likeness, you know like Trevor Lawrence, the quarterback- everybody loves him. It’s based off likeness, so if I could start like a new business or a mini business to help people out, with [my] likeness, I could get paid for doing that, and help people out,” Tucker said.
Though he says it will not affect his plans to enter the professional field.
“It wouldn’t affect my decision, you know- in college my plan is to hopefully stay three years, you know, junior year is when you can get drafted by the NFL. So, I mean that’s my goal. In the NFL, you get paid, but like the money stuff about the college- getting paid would be really nice- but m y number one goal is to go into the NFL for 6 or 7 years. [Its] stable money. That’s my goal-, any team, I don’t mind. That’s my goal.”
Many ex-collegiate athletes, such as Coach Anderson, who was an All-American linebacker for Carson Newman expressed his frustration stating, “We definitely could’ve used that- though we weren’t mad. We didn’t think about that kind of thing, but when the end of the month came it would’ve been helpful to get a little stipend to carry you over.”
While he supports this ability of schools to give a little bit of money, he also thinks schools shouldn’t pay athletes a ridiculous amounts of money, and students should now be wary about the sources of the sponsorships they may receive. He said his job is to prepare his athletes to be careful and be prepared for all the new challenges they will face.