O.J. Simpson On The NCAA’s Decision To Allow Student-Athletes To Earn From Their Likeness: I Wish They Did It When I Was Playing
As one of the most notable student-athletes of all-time, O.J. Simpson shared his thoughts on the NCAA’s monumental decision to allow student-athletes to be paid for using their likeness and influence. According to CBS Chicago, starting in the 2021-2022 season, student-athletes will be able to hire agents, make money from commercials, and benefit from hosting their own camps. The former USC football star, 72, took to his Twitter on Wednesday (April 29th), to address the groundbreaking news.
“The big story is the NCAA now is going, appears if it’s going to allow athletes to, you know, makes some endorsement dollars. I think, it’s about time.”
He continues by discussing how top recruited schools are making a fortune off popular student-athletes,
“School have been selling guys numbers. My junior year at SC (USC), I won every award except the Heisman. My jersey was selling. I know today that Alabama, Norte Dame, wherever. All these top athletes, they’re selling their jerseys.”
— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) April 30, 2020
O.J. Simpson ends his hot topic sound off by adding,
“I wish they did it while I was playing then I could’ve bought my mother a house a year earlier. But I think it’s a good thing.”
Years before O.J. Simpson’s infamous low-speed Ford Bronco chase captivated the country, he was a star performer during his tenure at the University of Southern California. According to reports, Simpson averaged 31 carries and 156 rushing yards per game. He won the 1968 Heisman Trophy. Simpson scored 33 touchdowns, none more exciting or dramatic than the 64-yarder in the fourth quarter against No. 1 UCLA to lead the No. 4 Trojans to a 21-20 victory.
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