Never in a million years would I have envisioned a player having to return their Heisman Trophy because of NCAA infractions. Although he is an incredible athlete to watch on Sundays and Monday nights with the Saints, he was wrong for accepting money and other benefits from sports marketers during his tenure at USC. But, in fairness, it is relatively hypocritical to see the NCAA being an aggressive watchdog and enforcer, while concomitantly bringing in well over a half-billion dollars in revenue from college athletics.
Although these “amateur” athletes receive free tuition and education, room and board, and other benefits, most, if not all, of these stars remain significantly poor. Some critics and cynics would simply make the assertion that most college students are fiscally challenged. So, there should be no exceptions for student-athletes, even if they are the primary reasons why stadiums and arenas are jam-packed.