A Clemson Player's Much-Needed NCAA Waiver Ramon McElrathbey, a freshman red-shirt football player at Clemson University, has been taking care of his 11-year-old brother because their mother is addicted to crack cocaine and their father has a gambling problem. This week, McElrathbey was granted a waiver of NCAA rules that forbid cash payments to college football players.
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A Clemson Player's Much-Needed NCAA Waiver

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A Clemson Player's Much-Needed NCAA Waiver

A Clemson Player's Much-Needed NCAA Waiver

A Clemson Player's Much-Needed NCAA Waiver

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Ramon McElrathbey, a freshman red-shirt football player at Clemson University, has been taking care of his 11-year-old brother because their mother is addicted to crack cocaine and their father has a gambling problem.

This week, McElrathbey was granted a waiver of NCAA rules that forbid cash payments to college football players.

McElrathbey says he can now set up a trust fund for the care of his brother -- who, he says, is also gaining a whole football team of older brothers. Robert Siegel talks with McElrathbey.