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The leader of the group that just pulled off an unprecedented collective protest by NCAA athletes told Salon such actions will escalate this season.
During nationally televised college football games on Saturday, 28 total players wore the slogan “APU” -- short for “All Players United” – on their wrist tape or elsewhere on their bodies. Players from the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Northwestern took part.
“I think it’s the first time the players have shown a sign of unity in terms of NCAA reform on TV … during games,” said former linebacker Ramogi Huna, the founder of the National College Players Association. Huna told Salon that reaction to the protest has “all been positive,” spurring more players to join. He said players intend to keep wearing the APU slogan on the field “until NCAA sports reform is achieved in a way that satisfies the players,” and that the action “will get bigger and bigger” before the regular football season concludes.
Huna said the protesting players’ “number one issue is trying to minimize the risk of brain trauma in contact sports.”