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Former Alabama LB Ryan Anderson: NCAA "The Biggest Pimps In America"

Alabama fans cheer during a game.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 21: Fans cheer as they celebrate in the final seconds of the Alabama Crimson Tide 45-7 win over the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The NCAA is a frequent target of criticism for a number of reasons. One of the most prominent ones relates to the compensation (or lack thereof) of student-athletes.

Current and former players, as well as coaches and media members have called out the NCAA and the concept of amateurism recently. All have argued that student-athletes deserve to be paid directly or have a chance to make money through endorsements and other opportunities.

Former Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson called out the NCAA last night on Twitter. The current Washington Redskins defender pulled no punches either.

Anderson labeled the NCAA "the biggest pimps in America" and complained about the $100 stipend he received in college.

Former Crimson Tide star Reggie Ragland chimed in to say that Anderson had it pretty good. He used to get 35 bucks.

Anderson's former Alabama teammate Eddie Jackson also weighed in.

While paying players a salary would be complicated and might not be the best solution, there is one easy way to level the playing field a bit: allow players to profit off their likenesses.

If a player wants to sign autographs for money, or endorse products or make promotional appearances and get paid for it, they should be able to do so. This would solve a lot of problems.