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Shawne Alston is the real hero | Former WVU running back is the man behind the Name, Image and Likeness lawsuit

Shawne Alston WVU NCAA Name Image Likeness

NCAA athletes are about to make money while in college, especially if they are solid players. That is largely because Shawne Alston, a former West Virginia Mountaineer sued the NCAA.

The Juvenile Probation Officer for the Virginia Department of Justice just won probably the biggest lawsuit is sports history.

For decades people have been trying to change the laws so student athletes could make money off of their name, image and likeness, and that is likely changing very soon.

On Monday, in a landmark decision, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the NCAA cannot limit education-related benefits athletes can receive.

Shawne Alston was a standout running back from Hampton, Virginia that put a hurt on opposing defenders trying to tackle him. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry his final season and he ran the ball with force.

The 5’11 and 240 pound back was a Mike Alstott type of back that spent one month on the New Orleans Saints roster.

He majored in criminology at WVU and would eventually get his MBA at the University of Southwest. He will now be remembered as the guy who changed the NCAA.

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