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Jadeveon Clowney would have stayed at South Carolina if he was paid

Jadeveon Clowney waves goodbye to South Carolina
Jadeveon Clowney waves goodbye to South Carolina
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Imagine a world where Jadeveon Clowney played college football in 2014, instead of being a first round draft pick. In an interview with Jim Rome on Showtime, scheduled to air on Wednesday 9 p.m. ET, Clowney states that he might have actually stayed for his senior season with the Gamecocks if players received payment.

However, since rules prohibit paying players, Clowney must settle for the NFL draft a year early.

There’s no question that college football can be one of the greatest experiences, so this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. “If I would have had the chance to take care of my family through college I would have probably stayed in college,” Clowney stated.

In addition, reports, that Jadeveon Clowney believes that college athletes should be paid. He points out that Universities are selling players jerseys and making money off of income sales.

Players like Jadeveon Clowney make so much money for the school, they have no choice but to leave early, and maximize their earning potential in the NFL.

Barring a historically bad performance at the NFL combine, Clowney should go in the top three picks. However, the allure of drafting the next franchise quarterback could drop Jadeveon’s draft stock.

In any case, he won’t have to worry about getting paid a nice sum of money next season.


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