Earlier this week, Adrian Peterson likened NFL players to slaves. Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall then backed Peterson's comment later this week.
That is hardly the case and is demeaning to the people who actually were slaves.
Slaves were forced to work in their job with no say in what they were doing or how they were doing it. They also received no monetary compensation.
NFL players choose to work in the NFL. There's nothing written anywhere that says college football players MUST play in the NFL.
But they do so because they either enjoy playing the game or enjoy the compensation that comes with being an NFL player.
Yes, they cannot readily change jobs. But that is because they sign a contract to work for a certain team.
Do they have to join the team that drafts them? Nope.
There have been instances where a player has forced a trade rather than play for a team prior to ever playing a down for that club - John Elway being the most famous.
And players hold out in an effort to force their trade or release all the time.
But they are compensation well.
Is it a perfect system? Nope.
But to say that NFL players are slaves borders on the ridiculous.