In less than an hour, Justin Fields' petition for the B1G to reconsider fall football hits 20,000 signatures
Justin Fields’ latest effort to push for a college football season this fall is gaining serious traction.
Sunday, Fields created a petition calling for B1G commissioner Kevin Warren and presidents to reverse course and reconsider football during the fall season. In under an hour, the Ohio State quarterback’s petition received more than 20,000 signatures.
Fans, fellow teammates and players from within the conference signed and shared the petition.
This cause is close to my heart – please sign: https://t.co/yFKlYE7pP0
— Justin Fields (@justnfields) August 16, 2020
“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,” the petition states. “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.”
Players and parents have recently spoken out against the decision from B1G commissioner Kevin Warren and the conference’s presidents, who voted against playing this fall. Parent groups from Iowa, Ohio State, Nebraska and Penn State have recently sent letters to the conference, asking for an explanation.
“We want to play. We believe that safety protocols have been established and can be maintained to mitigate concerns of exposure to Covid-19,” the petition continues. “We believe that we should have the right to make decisions about what is best for our health and our future. Don’t let our hard work and sacrifice be in van. #LetUsPlay!”
Is there a chance the B1G reverses course? While it seems unlikely, parents and players are putting a ton of pressure on the league, and its presidents, to reconsider the options.