Ohio State Quarterback Justin Fields has created a petition requesting that college football fans get to see Big Ten action this year.
This cause is close to my heart – please sign: https://t.co/yFKlYE7pP0
— Justin Fields (@justnfields) August 16, 2020
In the petition, Fields asked that the 2020 football season be reinstated immediately and, as of 1:45 pm ET, the petition has already surpassed 76,000 signatures and counting.
Fields stated in the petition, “We, the football players of the Big Ten, together with the fans and supporters of college football, request that the Big Ten Conference immediately reinstate the 2020 football season. Allow Big Ten players/teams to make their own choice as to whether they wish to play or opt-out this fall season. Allow Big Ten players/teams who choose to opt-out of playing a fall season to do so without penalty or repercussion.”
He went onto say, on behalf of the Big Ten players, that they believe the safety protocols put in place are sufficient enough to play college football this fall.
This petition, of course, follows the Big Ten’s announcement that they would be suspending all fall sports in 2020, believing that it would be unsafe for the players due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since then, the Big Ten and its commissioner have faced criticism from fans, players, and parents. Parents from Iowa, Penn State, and Ohio state have already released letters against Warren’s decision. A group of Nebraska’s parents is expected to release a letter this evening as well.
The Big Ten has not responded to either the letters or Field’s petition.
There’s no telling if this petition will gain any leverage towards the football season, or if it will just be a moot point. Regardless, it has been evident that these student-athletes want to play, and we will see what follows in the coming days.