Several members of the Northwestern football team, led by former quarterback Kain Colter, began taking formal steps to create the first labor union for college athletes earlier this week.
With the NCAA being a multi-billion-dollar enterprise, the players want to make sure their safety is ensured and they want to be paid.
The debate has caused quite the stir this past week, but count one NFL star in the group that doesn't believe college athletes should get paid.
Bears running back Matt Forte joined the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday afternoon and shared his thoughts on the topic.
"That's ridiculous," Forte said emphatically. "I don't think you should be paid in college because like people say 'you have a full paying scholarship' if you have a full scholarship, some people have partial. You're getting paid to go to class and go to school and get an education."
All college athletes are getting a per diem of spending money for food, something that the normal college student doesn't get. Forte believes that NCAA athletes should be using that as a valuable teaching lesson later in life.
"College is about struggling, it's about struggles. That's what college is about.
"I struggled being able to buy what I want but I had means of going to get food, it wasn't like I was starving ... They give you a little stipend where you can purchase food, it's a way of budgeting, they teach you that."
Forte went on to talk about why it doesn't matter if you're at a big or small school and no athlete, including Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, deserve to be paid.
You can watch all of his comments in the video above.