I have had this question posed to me several times and my answer has always been no. I am a college graduate and now I am as a lot of people in debt to pay off a college loan that unless I hit the lottery will never be payed off. College football players are getting scholarships to attend school and get room and board. Schools pay sometimes well over a 100,000 for these kids to go to their school and give them a free education.
If a player goes to UF, USC, Texas to name a few and wants to major in business the school coughs up 120,000 and thats without know if that kid will even stay in school. When a star player turns pro before he even graduates college that money was pretty much wasted. (Yes some players go back to school and finish school but odds are most dont when they are receiving their huge NFL salaries). Now you want to pay these kids who have free rides a paycheck you have to be kidding me.
If the league ever went to a playoff system and those kids have to play 2 or 3 extra games who cares. When i played high school football we played 15 games including the state championship. That was high school and most teams dont play anymore then 13 in college. Guess what I didnt go to the coach and ask him if i could get a paycheck because we made the playoffs instead I was excited with the opportunity to win a championship.
If you go this route then recruiting will get really ugly. The schools with the big pockets will get all the top recruits and guess what you will be looking at pretty much the same schools year in and out playing for the national championship. True we see UF, texas, usc, oklahoma, Osu and other teams up there every year but you also see other teams step every year like PSU, Utah, and alabama. You probably wont see a team win 3 NC's in a row because their is some parity in college football to keep it competitive. It is a dangerous path to put money into a players pocket who has been basically paid more with his scholarship then I would see in the same 4 year span...