Texas QB Sam Ehlinger Goes Off On NCAA In Twitter Rant

first_imgSam Ehlinger and Texas offensive coordinator Tim Beck.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: Offensive coordinator Tim Beck of the Texas Longhorns watches as Sam Ehlinger #11 warms up before the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)The issue of colleges paying money to student-athletes is a debate that has raged for decades, with it likely to continue for many more years. Adding his thoughts to the recent discussion is Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who took the NCAA system to task in a recent Twitter storm.On Thursday, Ehlinger called out the NCAA system by comparing the type of work he and other athletes do to a “full-time, unpaid internship.” He explained that the value that the athletes bring to their respective institutions far outweighs the value benefits, not to mention the added hazard of potentially serious injuries.Within this internship, you risk your short-term and long-term health on a daily basis. You endure this internship with less than a 2% chance to advance in your industry and obtain a full-time paid job.— Sam Ehlinger (@sehlinger3) March 7, 2019He used the “full-time unpaid internship” example to call support to a new Congressional bill being proposed that would allow athletes to profit from their name and image.Would you accept this position?Now consider the full-time unpaid internship as College Athletics and the full-time paid job as Professional Sports.Support Congressman @RepMarkWalker and his proposal!https://t.co/2L78eadzKt— Sam Ehlinger (@sehlinger3) March 7, 2019Ehlinger qualified his statement by adding that he is grateful for the opportunity given to him by the University of Texas.Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to get an incredible degree and play the sport I love at such a prestigious University. I am extremely blessed.It’s an important debate to be had for sure.The American sports landscape is filled to the brim with stories of athletes who got their chance to play college sports, only to find themselves without a paddle when their professional dreams didn’t materialize.The Fab Five of the Michigan basketball team famously received no money from the school despite influencing millions of dollars in added revenue.What do you think of Ehlinger’s Twitter statement?last_img read more