Ex-NU QB Kain Colter states case for union on Twitter

Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to further explain why he’s spearheading the effort to unionize college football and is willing to be the face of the College Athletes Players Association. Colter thinks a players union is necessary in the today’s game, to address players’ health and safety, and he’s doing all of this work to help future players. See his tweets, the first ones since the news broke, in this post.

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theotherbigone on 1/29/2014 @ 12:52pm EDT Said:

Grow up – where else do you think if you get hurt on the job and several years down the road it begins to bother you, you will be covered.

B1Gfan MI on 1/29/2014 @ 2:54pm EDT Said:

CTE can be reduced or eliminated when: players wear helmuts correctly, players stop targeting opponents head and neck areas while going for the “kill shot”, and when officials consistantly remove players who openly violate safety rules while attempting to “make a name for themselves”. Go to class, learn every thing that is taught, prepare yourself through the priveledge that was offered to you, and stop believing that the university still owes you more. The vast majority will never support the idea that college football players deserve a lifelong “free ticket”.

Bill Gregory on 1/29/2014 @ 6:47pm EDT Said:

Cain represents everything that’s wrong with our country. Hope he never takes another snap as a ball player. Ungrateful, spoiled jerk. Nobody forced him to play. Like so many others today, looking for a handout, a free ride. Sickening; absolutely sickening.

Bill Gregory on 1/29/2014 @ 6:48pm EDT Said:

Sorry…misspelled his name, i.e., Kain.

Aurora Farqueson on 1/30/2014 @ 12:56pm EDT Said:

While I applaud Kain for attempting to standup for what he believes in and for trying to create a dialogue, his method is misguided. Their list of “objectives” seem to be over-reaching in large part — their request for lifetime medical coverage for injuries (argably) attributable to their playing days will be covered by their insurance provided by their future employer. The request for scholarships to be onored if they are injured and can’t play – I’m pretty sure all (or most) of the Big 10 schools already honor this. If the school a recruit is looking at doen’t – well then, commit to a school that does. As for wanting to have “piece of the revenue pie” — because the schools are making money “from our name and likeness” — I’m pretty darn sure I have never seen any “Kain Coulter” jerseys or action figures being sold by NU (if they were then maybe there would be an argument). Alumni and current students buy a t-shirt because of the name on the front — not the name on the back. I’m sorry, but except for their moms in the stands, the majority of folks attending/watching a college football game do so because it’s their alma mater (or they live geographically close by to the school). They attend and support college football because of their love for their school, not love for a specific “Joe Cool” football player. The alumni have supported their college football teams long before you graced the gridiron and will continue to support them long after you have left. Sorry boys….it’s not all about you. Let’s not confuse why people watch /support college sports with why people watch the NFL.