Kristen Finstad

Clowney Thinks College Athletes Should Be Paid

Created on Feb. 15, 2014 3:05 AM EST

As former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney enters the NFL draft after completing his junior year, he said he might have stayed in school for another year if college athletes were paid.

"They are selling our jerseys with our numbers and making money off of ticket sales, so I think college athletes should get paid," Clowney said, according to

The 6-foot-6, 274-pound Clowney was limited to three sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss in his junior season but is ranked as the No. 1 prospect for the draft by ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Having to take care of my family, it would have made a difference if I'd have gotten paid," Clowney said on "Jim Rome" on Showtime. "If I would have had the chance to take care of my family through college, I would have probably stayed in college."

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