The kids are getting all the benefits, they do not have to play football, and they do not have to attend college. However, if they desire to do so, they can get a completely free ride to play a game they love to play anyway. There is no real work involved, because they have loved the game from their early years and love to play the game. Their desires are being granted by the college in return for a free ride. If they do not want to play the game, then quit the game and the college. If you still want to go to college, pay your own way.
If you want to play the game and do not want the degree, then find another way to play without going to college. Maybe these so-called unions can get the pro football teams to have minor leagues like baseball. The players and coaches are exploiting the colleges, fans, and boosters to pay more and more money for their fun and degrees. If these players succeed, I personally hope college football fails entirely. Then all these players will be out on the streets trying to find a job and a way to pay for their education if they want one.
The non-athletic students would love to have the advantage of the student-atheletes. The professors and teachers would love to have the salaries of the coaches. Of course, this would also mean that the other sports besides football and basketball would also go down the drain. So, many other athletes (both men and women) would also not get college educations for their sports. The football players are now mimicking the CEOs of the various companies, "It is called Greed, pure and simple:".