Nuk Hopkins compares college to Ponzi scheme
Whenever former Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans is introduced before a Sunday Night Football or Monday Night Football game, he gives his high school as "Daniel High School" instead of Clemson University.
In a podcast with teammate Arian Foster, Hopkins perhaps gives some insight into why he does that, saying he felt like he was never a priority at Clemson.
"My college experience, I felt like I was the red-headed stepchild - second receiver on the team. It was Sammy (Watkins) then me," Hopkins told Foster. "Sometimes I was the third. I felt like I was supposed to be that guy, so I left school early."
Hopkins then went on to detail his reasons for leaving Clemson early and even compare college to a Ponzi scheme and said college leaves student-athletes in debt.
"I left college after three years because I thought, what can this college do for me? What more can I do here? What more can I do for this college? I came out early and a lot of people back home didn't agree with that because they wanted to win a national championship," Hopkins said. "But my family was still eating ramen noodles so I had to get out. I feel like college is a Ponzi scheme. Even if you're not an athlete, it puts you in debt."
During his junior season in 2012, Hopkins had 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and an ACC-record 18 touchdowns in 738 snaps over 13 games (13 starts). He had at least one receiving touchdown in each of the last 10 games, the longest streak in ACC and school history, and finished his Clemson career with several school records.
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