Tim Tucker conducts a thoughtful Q&A with former Dawgs Keith Marshall and Aaron Murray here. Both of them acknowledge the current excesses, but Marshall tempers his outlook with a dose of “it’s the free market, bruh” wisdom. Wisdom born of a certain experience:
AJC: How did your own college football experience influence your stance on what’s happening now?
Marshall: For me and what I dealt with – the success early on, then the injury and battling to get back in position where I was fortunate enough to be drafted – I definitely feel like if I would have been able to get compensated earlier, I could have helped provide my family with a foundation that could sustain me longer. But think about Murray: He was the SEC all-time leading quarterback, one of the biggest faces of college football, and probably would have made millions of dollars over the course of three or four years. And we didn’t get to participate in any of that.
I’m a little surprised neither mentioned what happened with Gurley, but it’s not hard to understand where they’re coming from now.