After a recent in-depth investigation revealed that Ohio State football players were leveraging their fame as college athletes to make money, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel resigned in disgrace. But his legacy shouldn’t be tarnished because he broke the rules of the NCAA’s antiquated and unjust system of amateurism.
But for the players, the downside is clear: They are risking their professional futures. Tyrone Prothro, a standout wideout for Alabama, tore every ligament in his knee in a 2005 game. He never recovered and instead of getting a multi-million dollar NFL contract, Prothro now works as a bank teller.
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