The debate on whether student-athletes should be able to have endorsements is heating up with the California bill that passed allowing endorsements. The “Fair Pay to Play Act” allows college athletes to be paid for the use of their name, likeness, and image without any punishment.
Tebow goes on a rant below about how he’s a purist when it comes to college sports. He says he was happy to see his much-coveted jersey sold without earning a penny from it:
“I feel like I have a little credibility and knowledge about this because when I was at the University of Florida, I think my jersey was one of the top-selling jerseys around the world. It was like Kobe, LeBron and then I was right behind them. I didn’t make a dollar from it and nor did I want to because I knew going into college what it was all about.”
Tebow goes on to say his love of the game and going to the college of his choice was enough for him:.
“I knew going to Florida, my dream school, where I wanted to go, the passion for it and if I could support my team, support my college, support my University, that’s what it’s all about…but now, we’re changing it from ‘Us’ from ‘We’ from ‘My University’ from being an alumni where I care, which makes college football and college sports special, to then ‘Okay it’s not about us. It’s not about we, it’s just about me.’ And, yes, I know we live in a selfish culture where it’s all about us but we’re just adding and piling it onto that. Where it changes, what’s special about college football. We turn it into the NFL, where who has the most money, that’s where you go. That’s why people are more passionate about college sports than they are about the NFL. That’s why the stadiums are bigger in college than they are in the NFL, because it’s about your team, it’s about your university, it’s about where my family wanted to go, it’s about where my grandfather had a dream of seeing Florida win an SEC championship and you’re taking that away.”
@TimTebow passionately expresses his thoughts on the California Senate passing a bill allowing student-athletes to have endorsements.
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We’d like to know your thoughts on this. Should college sports stay pure with endorsements or do the players deserve as piece of the pie?