Sep 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) stiff arms Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Zach Brown (55)during overtime at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Arian Foster admits to ‘taking money on the side’ in college


Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports have reported that current Houston Texans running back Arian Foster said in an upcoming documentary titled Schooled: The Price of College Sports, that he “took money on the side” during his senior year while playing for Tennessee.

Foster, as reported by Sports Illustrated also said, “I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation — my senior year, I was getting money on the side.

“I really didn’t have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling of like, ‘Man, be careful.’ But there’s nothing wrong with it. And you’re not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it.”

Foster also said in the upcoming documentary, “There were plenty of times where throughout the month I didn’t have enough for food.” He later said on that same topic, “Then I walk back, and reality sets in. I go to my dorm room, open my fridge, and there’s nothing in my fridge. Hold up, man. What just happened? Why don’t I have anything to show for what I just did? There was a point where we had no food, no money, so I called my coach and I said, ‘Coach, we don’t have no food. We don’t have no money. We’re hungry. Either you give us some food, or I’m gonna go do something stupid.’ He came down and he brought like 50 tacos for like four or five of us …”

The Texans running back was a member of the Tennessee Volunteers from 2005-08, as he rushed for 1,193 yards and 12 touchdowns his junior year.

This season for the Texans, Foster (who went undrafted following his senior season at Tennessee), has split time in the backfield with fellow running back Ben Tate.

For the complete CBS article, click here. To see the video portion of the interview for SI.com, click here.

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