Jadeveon Clowney will be one of the top prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft. He would've been the top prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft, except he wasn't allowed to leave South Carolina until after he was three years removed from high school.
And Clowney might actually have stayed in school longer had he gotten paid for being a college athlete, which is what he told Jim Rome on Showtime in an episode that will air on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET.
Yes. Having to take care of my family, it would have made a difference if I'd have gotten paid," Clowney told Jim Rome. "If I would have had the chance to take care of my family through college I would have probably stayed in college."
Unsurprisingly, Clowney also believes that college athletes should be paid and told Rome as much.
"I think so," Clowney said. "They are selling our jerseys with our numbers and making money off of ticket sales so I think college athletes should get paid."
There's a long way to go before that becomes a "thing" and it won't ever matter to Clowney, but he certainly has a good case for wanting to receive some compensation for generating so much money for his school.
Along with Clowney, Rome will be joined by Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, Trailblazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge and comedian Kevin Hart. Tune in or set your DVR for Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET on SHOWTIME.