Adrian Peterson: Johnny Manziel ‘should be able to make money’

NCAA Football: Arkansas at Texas A&M

Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson believes Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and other college football players should be able to profit off their own names.

“I think so,” Peterson told in a telephone interview Thursday. “The universities are making a lot of money off of student athletes in general. So, yeah, he should be able to make money. I think so. They make millions off of these college athletes and they made millions off of the guys I played with as well. Yeah, he should be getting paid.”

Peterson, a three-year standout at the University of Oklahoma, said he doesn’t see a problem with Manziel profiting off his own name.

“I think if you are in a position to where people want to pay you for your autographs or signatures, then you should be able to do that,” Peterson told “He’s a young man and he should be able to sign his name on a helmet or wherever without it being an issue.”

Manziel, who became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy last year, is currently being investigated by the NCAA for possibly receiving payment from memorabilia brokers for signing autographs in Florida, Connecticut and Texas this year.

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