Elite college football players such as Braxton Miller, Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel have already undergone various investigations this season regarding whether or not they received improper benefits. On Friday afternoon, Sports Illustrated obtained a documentary clip of NFL running back Arian Foster admitting to receiving similar benefits during his senior year at the University of Tennessee.
Foster, an undrafted running back who quickly became an offensive force for the Texans, admitted to receiving financial benefits in his interview for the documentary "Schooled: The Price of College Sports."
"I really didn't have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling of like, ‘Man, be careful.' But there's nothing wrong with it. And you're not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it."
One of the biggest challenges facing the NCAA's attempts to crack down on players receiving outside benefits is the fact that college football is becoming one of the most lucrative entertainment industries in the country. Athletes across the country are beginning to voice their concerns over whether or not they deserve a cut of the money each game brings in from tickets, advertisements and television. One of the most notable of these complaints came from former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon who sued EA Sports and the NCAA for using players attributes for profit in their popular video game franchise "NCAA Football".
"There were plenty of times where throughout the month I didn't have enough for food. Our stadium had like 107,000 seats; 107,000 people buying a ticket to come watch us play. It's tough just like knowing that, being aware of that." Foster said.
Fortunately for Foster, there will be no sanctions or penalty against him for his statement. He is a professional now, so there will be no case against him. However, this new information acts as another step toward an open movement by NCAA athletes to fight for freedom to recieve benefits off the field.