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Justin Fields Petitions for Big Ten Football to be Played

USA Today

USA Today

Ohio State Quarterback Justin Fields has created a petition requesting that college football fans get to see Big Ten action this year.

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.


Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_

20 Comments for Justin Fields Petitions for Big Ten Football to be Played

  1. bigbluebg
    2:43 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

    Signed it, because incentives.

    The kids will have no reason to not go out and party without the potential lose of football. They are in the least at risk demographic. The threat of taking away football is the only reason they will follow the rules.

    The big wig conference execs are so far out of touch with the lives of college football players. All they care about is stopping the players from trying to unionize and covering their own asses in case something happens.

    In my opinion, more CF Players will get covid without playing a fall season.

    I haven’t heard 1 logical argument against this point.

  2. bigbluebg
    2:44 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

    Loss* of football

  3. light my fire
    2:46 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

    Hey Justin maybe you should vote republican and common sense because it’s your liberal big 10 commissioner who is only doing it in hopes of getting trump beat. He don’t care if one single player dies

  4. Megan
    2:57 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

    Why should the players decide whether it’s safe to have a season? I don’t get that. It’s not their call. It’s a medical issue. Yes? I don’t see how they have any standing to vote on it. Good for them for wanting to play, but what does it matter? And shame on the fans who want to see college football so much they’re willing to support these players over the advice of medical professionals. Like those who refuse to wear masks, that’s remarkably self-centered and a danger to the public health (and economy).

    • mashman 93
      3:09 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

      Some healthcare professionals say masks don’t matter so who do we believe? In the beginning it was said that two million Americans would die from the Chinese virus this year and it hasn’t happened. What do you want people to do? Shut the country down? Most of the deaths, don’t know the percentage came from New York and New Jersey.

    • T-Town Cat
      3:46 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

      Playing football does not cause COVID-19, Megan. If everyone on the field has tested negative and been cleared to play, then how can the virus be transmitted. These players are more likely to contract it from other non-tested students.

    • bigbluebg
      4:08 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

      What about incentives? and keeping the kids in a structured environment? No football means the kids have no reason to remain safe, they know the chance of them dying is crazy small.

      Oklahoma sent players home for 1 week. They came back with 9 positive tests. Stop shaming people and look at it objectively.

    • 4everUKBlue
      5:15 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

      First of all there is still no reliable test, second there is zero science that masks do anything other than endanger the health of those who wear them, and then there is the evidence everywhere they are coding any and every death as covid with or without any testing or proof. When did the majority of people lose the critical thinking skills?

    • KYwildcat8289
      10:47 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

      Thank you 4ever!! The numbers are SO skewed to incite fear which I can’t believe some of you believe all of this BS. Is it a bad virus, sure, but COMPLETELY overblown for political reasons more than anything. My God, there was a man in Florida that died from a motorcycle crash and just because he had to be tested and tested positive after he died his Cause of Death is Covid-19. Absolutely ridiculous.

    • BallDontLie
      11:52 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

      Megan is the only smart one in this depressing comment thread. The rest of you are too dense to even realize it.

  5. J. Did
    4:13 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

    The big tent is in dire need of vaginal rejuvenation.

  6. mashman 93
    4:17 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

    Completely agree with T-Town Cat and bigbluebg.

  7. Lip Man 1
    4:51 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

    Kids want to play I get it, some parents want kids to play (He’s going to the NFL!!!) I get it. But the real adults need to keep holding down the fort. NO FOOTBALL until a vaccine, period…end of story.

    • 4everUKBlue
      5:12 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

      How do you even leave your house? Adults like you who cower in fear of this BS should definitely not be in control of anything.

    • bigbluebg
      5:36 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

      “Real Adults”, great underhanded jab.

      But this isn’t about politics…it’s about what is best for the kids. Football keeps them safer than not playing football.

      Testing won’t happen without a season. Kids will go out 10x more without a season.

      Those two facts make it safer to play than not to play. Couple that with the new saliva test with a quick turn around time funded by NBA/made at Yale…and playing football makes sense to me.

      Your yelling about vaccine OR NOT FOOTBALL, is childish. Real adult…get outtta here.

  8. light my fire
    6:25 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

    You can sure tell who the scared liberals are on the message board.

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  10. BigBogee
    9:08 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

    These “kids” are 18 and over. They can make the decision to enter the military with the chance of conflict and death but y’all say they ain’t smart enough to decide to play football or not? SMH