Northwestern University football players — led by former quarterback Kain Colter — have filed paperwork seeking union representation.
In what ESPN is calling a first in the history of college sports, Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association, today filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board at its Chicago office seeking approval of the move.
Huma says, "Athletes deserve an equal voice when it comes to their physical, academic and financial protections."
"It's become clear that relying on NCAA policymakers won't work, that they are never going to protect college athletes," Huma added.
Colter told the Chicago Tribune college football players "need to have someone looking out for our best interests."
Colter, who completed his college career in December, says he loved attending NU, and "It taught me how to be a great leader and thinker."