Pay college football players? Not on my watch. That has been my opinion for years, and not one of those 51-49 kind of opinions -- the ones where I can see both sides, but if I have to pick, I'll pick the side opposed to paying college football players. Nope, not like that at all.
Pay college football players? I've been 100 percent against it. I can prove it, too. Read this story I wrote in September 2010 and tell me if you can detect even a smidgen of wiggle room. Bet you can't.
Pay college football players? When pigs fly.
Or, tragically, when Junior Seau kills himself.
And then, just like that, I change my mind. Because -- just like that -- something occurs to me that had never occurred to me until now, until Seau's suicide kick-started the conversation nationally about the damage football does to a man's body, his brain, his psyche:
It's not just NFL players who are at risk. College football players play football, too.