Justin Fields makes GMA appearance, talks petition for B1G to reverse decision
Justin Fields is becoming the voice for B1G football. On Monday, the Ohio State quarterback talked about his petition in a radio interview with ESPN. Wednesday, he made an appearance on Good Morning America to discuss the same topic.
Over the weekend, Fields created a petition, asking B1G presidents and conference commissioner Kevin Warren to reverse the decision to cancel football this fall. That decision was made last Tuesday, just six days after the league released its revised schedule for the 2020 season.
Fields said his message to the commissioner is pretty straightforward.
“I would say my main message that I’d like to get across to the B1G commissioner is that we want to play football and I feel like a lot of players feel safer around the facility and around our protocols, rather than just being on campus like a regular student,” Fields said.
This is a unique circumstance for Fields, who is likely to be a top five selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, even if he doesn’t take another snap at the college level.
So, why would someone with a guaranteed high draft status work towards reversing the decision?
“It’s for the love of the game. My love for Ohio State, my love for my coaches and my teammates,” Fields said. “Again, just the safety reasons. I feel like there’s a lot of people on our team that feel safer in the facility. Just having us playing football and in the facility daily, that will keep us safe from the virus.”
Ohio State had a magnificent run in 2019, finishing with a 13-1 record, winning a B1G title and reaching the College Football Playoff for the first time since 2016. But the Buckeyes were primed to make another national championship run this fall.
Fields was considered one of the top two contenders for the Heisman Trophy, along with Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Since cancelling the season, the B1G has also proposed potentially revamping the season in the spring. While it would not be the same, the conference is working on plans to potentially have an abbreviated season and a conference championship, as a consolation to cancelling the fall.
When asked if he would play spring football at Ohio State, Fields said he hasn’t given that much thought.
“Right now, I’m just taking it day by day. One thing I’ve learned over this whole process is that things can change daily. So, right now, I’m just kinda taking it each day at a time, so I haven’t really thought about that.”
Below is the full interview from GMA:
.@ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields speaks with @michaelstrahan about his “We Want to Play” petition and why he says players feel safer inside their training facilities. https://t.co/K88Cs77f3a pic.twitter.com/iuT1VCGl3Q
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 19, 2020