Sean Clifford leads the Penn State chapter of the College Football Players Association


Penn State football players, led by quarterback Sean Clifford, form their own chapter of the College Football Players Association.

In a video posted to Twitter on Friday by More Perfect Union, a non-profit media outlet that advocates for workers’ rights, Clifford talks about the need for revenue sharing and better medical care for current and former players, as well as what it means to be at the forefront of this conversation.

“I think it’s about two things: it’s the players who are here now, seeing how football carries them, and secondly, the players who have come and gone, the medically retired players,” Clifford said. . “I’m thinking of Journey Brown, who is currently my neighbor and one of my best friends. The game was taken away from him earlier than expected, and it’s hard for guys like him to be able to carry on and figure out what the next step. . I think that’s important too. So being a leader for them is very important to me.”

Brown, a former running back, was forced to retire during his junior season in November 2020 after being diagnosed with heart disease.

Clifford and other Big Ten football players spoke to conference commissioner Kevin Warren this week about giving college athletes a seat at the table and a variety of enhanced benefits, primarily care standardized medical for players after the end of their university career, according to ESPN’s Dan Murphy.

“It’s a collective group that came together” Clifford told ESPN. “Everyone wants players to have more voices.”

While much work remains to be done, the formation of a Penn State Players’ Association chapter and talks with the Big Ten mark another milestone in a changing college football landscape, where players gradually gain votes.

Last summer, for example, the NCAA finally relented and began allowing athletes to earn money with their own names and likenesseswhich had long been a point of contention in amateur athletics.

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