I never thought that I would have to write a headline like this, but here we are. Many of the top college football players in the nation want to play football this year, including Heisman contender and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, and so many more.
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There’s been too much work put in!! #WeWantToPlay— Justin Fields (@justnfields) August 10, 2020
Find a solution!!! #WeWanttoPlay— ISM 6 (@_ihmirr_) August 9, 2020
The Penn State football doctors, trainers, and coaches have always put our safety and well being before anything else. The precautions and guidelines that our team is following puts us in the best position possible to be healthy and successful. #WeWantToPlay— Will Fries (@willfries55) August 9, 2020
Listen to the players… #WeWantToPlay— Landon Mathis (@LandonMathis52) August 10, 2020
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It’s not just about playing football
These players aren’t being selfish or immature, they have valid reasons to why they want to play this season. Look at Trevor Lawrence himself:
People are at just as much, if not more risk, if we don’t play. Players will all be sent home to their own communities where social distancing is highly unlikely and medical care and expenses will be placed on the families if they were to contract covid19 (1)— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) August 9, 2020
Players being safe and taking all of the right precautions to try to avoid contracting covid because the season/ teammates safety is on the line. Without the season, as we’ve seen already, people will not social distance or wear masks and take the proper precautions— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) August 9, 2020
It’s worth noting that a disclaimer has been placed on Trevor Lawrence’s tweet, suggesting that he is spreading misinformation about the virus.
I don’t want to go Home for a reason .. 🤦🏾♂️ everybody home / hometown not peaceful people get kilt every day / week in my city ..— Kylin Hill (@H_Kylin) August 9, 2020
canceling the college football szn will not slow or stop the spread of COVID. The safety precautions are in place, and teams are ready to play. #WeWantToPlay— Anthony Pecorella (@Ant_Pec21) August 10, 2020
#WeWantToPlay Cancelling the college football season is not the answer. We are in the safest environment possible with strict protocols put fourth by a professional medical staff. Cancelling will result in players being more at risk. It is in our best interest to stay and play!— Dylan Leonard (@Dylanl_2) August 10, 2020
Arkansas State Players issue joint statement regarding the upcoming season
CBS Sports Barrett Sallee reported that Arkansas State’s leaders issued a “strong statement” on the team’s desire to play this season. “We understand very important national conversations taking place at this time will determine the future of our season,” they said in the statement. “We feel that our campus, and specifically our athletic facilities, are the safest place to be during this time as we have access to additional safety protocols and health officials.
Arkansas State players issue strong statement on #WeWantToPlay— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) August 10, 2020
"We are respectfully issuing this unified message advocating to play the season so that our opinions and feelings on the matter may be heard by those making the decisions on how best to proceed." pic.twitter.com/MsqHTYvBIM
Some College Football Analysts are joining the cause
While it’s being noted across social media that many members of the media are refusing to cover the #WeWantToPlay movement, several members are. Here are a few interesting thoughts from several of them.
The #WeWantToPlay movement is incredible. So great to see players stand up for themselves, take ownership, and show that they want to be out there. Proof that it’s irresponsible to tell people what you think they should think rather than listening to what they actually do think.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) August 10, 2020
Many college football players, aware their season is under threat, are Tweeting this hashtag: #WeWanttoPlay Will coronabro media cover this as aggressively as they do a positive asymptomatic test?— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 9, 2020
The #WeWantToPlay movement is so cool. So refreshing because if you just read a lot of opinion pieces you’d think college football players are all miserable and treated like crap. This is just a reminder they don’t like being used as political pawns and just want to play ball.— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) August 10, 2020
You’ve heard some of us say constantly how badly the players want to play.— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) August 10, 2020
College football coaches and support staff all over the nation have told me that almost daily.
It ultimately may not be up to the players — but they’re speaking up.
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It’s a chorus.
I’m intrigued to see how this #WeWantToPlay movement from the college football players works out— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) August 10, 2020
IF this is true, the Big Ten is about to destroy college football as we know it.— ⚜️ John 🇺🇸 Vogel 🏈 (@johndavogel) August 10, 2020
Players will unionize, and it’s all out war on the media and conference executives.
I’m siding with the players on this one, y’all. #WeWantToPlay https://t.co/4VntkG0X8C
Players need to stand up as one voice and attempt to stop this postponement from happening. Yes they deserve to be paid but in lieu of that for now they deserve to be given a chance to play the sport theyve trained so hard for. The #WeWantToPlay hashtag should be everywhere. RT. pic.twitter.com/um2yV7DOl9— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) August 10, 2020
How come you are not covering the #WeWanttoPlay movement? They are not anonymous.— Mike Sutton (@dukeblue24) August 9, 2020