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CURRY: A Better Way to Compensate College Athletes

George E. Curry | 5/21/2014, 3 p.m.
It's not that Bill Russell, Jim Brown or Harry Edwards have mellowed — they have not. Rather, they think there's ...
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Athletes have to cope with other issues as well, said Harry Edwards

“Fifteen percent of the athletes who show up for the combine having already been in concussion situations before they even get to the NFL – and concussions are not something that you get over. That’s something the unions can’t address.”

Instead of unions, Edwards said, the emphasis should be put on making sure athletes get an education so that even if they end up broke, they will have other skills with which to support themselves.

Edwards said rather than rushing into the pros. Student/athletes should have scholarships that allow them to complete college within six years. For those who complete their education in four years, they should be given another two years for graduate study.

“Ninety-eight percent of athletes who play college football will never be on a professional roster,” Edwards explained. “They are going to have to go with what they achieve educationally.”

He should know. Edwards has a Ph.D in sociology from Cornell University and has been a longtime professor at the University of California-Berkeley.

George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service. He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his website, www.georgecurry.com. Follow him on Twitter @currygeorge and George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook.