VIDEO: Florida Players Discuss NCAA Vote Allowing Players Benefit From Likeness

Three Florida Gators' players were vocal on the NCAA Board of Governor's vote to allow student athletes to benefit from their likeness.
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On Tuesday, the NCAA Board of Governors voted unanimously to allow student-athletes to "benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness", per a report from the Associated Press.

The battle for players to earn what's rightfully theirs is far from over, as there is underlying text in the statement released from the NCAA saying that benefits must be consistent with the collegiate model. 

However, at least to Florida wide receivers Tyrie Cleveland, Van Jefferson, and Freddie Swain see the vote as a step in the right direction.

"Most players agreed, 'Yeah, we should get paid for our likeness,'" Cleveland told the media on Tuesday night. "So just seeing them take steps in the right direction and not ignoring us, that's a good sign."

Cleveland has long been an advocate of players earning their share of the revenue pie that they help generate. He has previously tweeted that athletes "deserve more" for what they provide as athletes to their schools.

Following the vote, Cleveland opened his media session by clapping in excitement, stating that "just hearing from the NCAA, just sending out votes, that's a great thing for players, player-athletes. I'm overwhelmed, I can't even - I'm excited, excited for the future."

Cleveland was joined by fellow receiver Van Jefferson in support of the vote, calling the vote "long overdue", but unfortunate that senior players like himself will not see the perks of the ruling.

"We’ll throw out a couple of jokes here and now, like, ‘Damn, we wished we’d got [paid]' Things like that, you know," said Jefferson. 

"We say it, but it’s not going to happen, you know, for guys like me and Tyrie and Freddie and Josh that joke about it all the time. So this is our last year, so we’re not going to get that privilege.”

However, even though the three senior receivers won't see a dime from the NCAA for their contributions to college football, all three are in unison on the subject: It's about time.

“I love it, I love it," Swain said in support of the movement." We do a lot of work, put in a lot of work in this program and school, and it’s kind of like a job, you know what I mean? So I think we should be rewarded."