Family plays key role in Colter’s union push

CHICAGO (AP) The face of a movement to let college athletes unionize got his inspiration from his late grandmother.

Kain Colter says his grandmother was the manager of a law firm office in Colorado and frequently talked about rights and equality.

The Northwestern quarterback says his grandmother would have been proud in his role in pushing the union issue. A decision from a labor official in Chicago this week said that athletes should be considered employees and be able to bargain with the university.

His grandmother died recently and was buried in some of his Northwestern gear.

Northwestern plans to appeal the ruling to the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., and reiterated Friday that it believes athletes are students, not employees.