Nuk Hopkins compares college to Ponzi scheme


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Matthew Emmons / USA Today
Matthew Emmons / USA Today

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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brobro3
spacer Come to think Nuk Hopkins never even beat South Carolina
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spacer Small mind but big brain, that's running his sassy mouth & attitude!
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spacer Think a little bit. Nuk didn't say that was the reason.
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creeper®
spacer more like a lottery...
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spacer !any people in this world would love to have ramien
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Dugatiger®
spacer Good Luck Mr. Hopkins!
Rustyfoot®
spacer I don't get the Ponzi scheme comparison
TigerzzRoar®
spacer He doesnt understand the meaning of Ponzi Scheme is why***
mattycu
spacer NFL is a Ponzi scheme***
TigerInAtown
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dig dig
spacer Pretty selfish sounding. Tough coaching at Clemson helped
Caddie
spacer Re: Pretty selfish sounding. Tough coaching at Clemson helped
Dugatiger®
spacer I figured there was more to the story...it was purposeful...
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SillyDaddy
spacer I guess the great Corporate Executive Job I have...
JohnFBell®
spacer LOOK AT ME***
Greenr
spacer Don't get mad ( at your desk job filling
Dr. Nikola Tesla
spacer Nuk was also saying Tom Savage should be the QB over Watson
Tickle_It
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whendrix1966
spacer Wow... that's disappointing
Flying Tiger®
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Ibeenboomin4eva
spacer LOL, buy a clue.***
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Dugatiger®
spacer And guess what. We didn't need him to win a Natty
llamasnot
spacer Re: And guess what. We didn't need him to win a Natty
King Clemson
spacer evidently you do***
llamasnot
spacer LOL, just a Clemson obsessed King Coot.***
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spacer Re: And guess what. We didn't need him to win a Natty
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spacer Clemson playing in and then winning the National
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King Clemson
spacer Sounds like your voice is a little high yourself...
marklee
spacer Noone forced you to play college football
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Ibeenboomin4eva
spacer That’s what it is suppose to be so just move on.***
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spacer Will be very interesting to see how Watson influences Nuk...
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spacer Hopkins has been revealing that he is...
Flying Tiger®
spacer You can tell he's not very intelligent or easily influenced
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spacer actually, your definition fits the recruitment of
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spacer Just out of curiosity, where are all the people who were
Obed
spacer Rong, all colleges are controled by the
Tickle_It
spacer Just the science departments not the liberal arts.***
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer Maybe he is just honoring his H.S. He didn't say that being
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spacer I suppose we shouldn't turn our backs on Nuk...
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spacer I agree that it sounds like some jealousy. Probably with
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spacer You could care less? Really?
CU2013®
spacer LOL! Chad Kelly and Mike Bellamy!***
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spacer Sorry bud...
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spacer You're as freakin delusional as they get...***
tiger5by5®
spacer Tell us about your days at Clemson.
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spacer Wise up on Ponzi scheme definition
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spacer Plz move to “Pros and Other” bored.
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spacer "...I felt like I was the red-headed stepchild..."
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spacer So, we should have given him 40 mules and an acre of land?***
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spacer Now that's funny***
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Ihopehedo
spacer It boils down to this for ANY college athlete-
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spacer WOW!!! Sir, a very big reach there.***
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spacer A first for me but if I can't say something nice I'm just
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spacer Very disappointing. I remember..
OrangeNeck®
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haydencopesc®
spacer Well Nuk doesnt seem to know what a Ponzi scheme
TigersAndCubs
spacer Bet he and Sammy are real close friends .***
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spacer Nuk felt he was second receiver on the team
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spacer He's a proud guy. Funny how you make the leap from
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spacer I bet Dabo had it lot harder than Nuk...
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spacer No doubt...and no one forces SA's to major in something that
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greenvillealum07
spacer Nuk, you're an unintelligent ignorant punk***
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dwbolto
spacer Well that is one long, ignorant response.
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allorangeallthetime52®
spacer I respect him for being transparent with his thinking
ninetytwotiger®
spacer Idiots like this . . .
mrmatt
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allorangeallthetime52®
spacer He could learn a thing or two from DW
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69Glenn
spacer When you basically flip off the family after you ride off to greener pastures
dagummit
spacer Wow. Disappointing on many levels.
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lextiger551
spacer I don't know how you can say that.
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Tigerzouave
spacer Nuk, why don't you love us?
David78®
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spacer Link to the Podcast
TX Tiger®
spacer I would urge everyone to listen to this
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orangeshirt
spacer I don't have a problem with what he said.
Felix2®
spacer Disagree with Nuk, but he’s entitled to his opinion
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spacer If he was in debt when he left Clemson...
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spacer I really enjoyed watching Nuk play...he was a great WR but
movino®
spacer That’s a really disappointing story
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jerseytiger1980
spacer Yeah I’d like to find one where I end up with $81 mil***
T3Tiger
spacer Nuk = immaturity + lack of class.
Judge Keller
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spacer Nuk NOT bashing Clemson, but the NCAA
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spacer Yep, Arian Foster set Nuk up to bash the NCAA
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spacer #### Nuk. I paid CU $$$ to get an education to get me a job
Fordtunate Son
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Fordtunate Son
spacer Why didn't Nuk turn down the scholarship and let someone
Clemson81to85
spacer Sounds like perception and reality are many miles apart
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spacer Dunk him in the horse trough again,
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blackrivertiger®
spacer I received a text re: Ponzi schemes***
aiken_tiger
spacer Nuk Hopkins Thinks he's too good for us
Tigerdrafted
spacer And let's see where Nuk is in 25 years!!! Dang, should have
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spacer While i know he got some benefits, definitely see how he
Lost_Tiger
spacer What other benefits are you even talking about?
T3Tiger
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spacer Nuk, imagine having to pay for tuition, food, tutors, shoes,
Tiger_Fan_007®
spacer SHAME on Clemson for wanting a National Championship
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spacer Boy, do I ever regret cheering for him as much as I did
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spacer What he said just saddens me - I have nothing more to say
mpietropaolo
spacer Ponzi Scheme?? When you are on scholarship??
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spacer What bitter millionaire! Clemson gave you the exposure
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spacer Says the man who was on full scholarship
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spacer Thank Clemson and Sammy for putting a chip on your shoulder
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