Maybe the fiction about student athletes needs to be examined. Some actually are. Peyton Manning, for example, got bachelors and masters degrees while at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville and they were degrees of substance.
On the other hand, MLB funds minor league baseball teams at several levels to bring their draftees up to speed. Maybe NFL should help fund college football.
Wonder how steep the football pyramid is? From elementary school to junior high then high school then college and finally becoming a professional football player... What percentage of those starting as youths actually get an NFL contract?