'#IWantToPlay': Penn State players flood Twitter with messages in support of season
A new wave of worry hit the college football world on Saturday, as the Mid-American Conference (MAC) decided over the weekend to postpone all fall sports for the 2020 season. Instead, the league will attempt have a spring football season, hoping there are more answers regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
More troubling news followed, as Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel reported that B1G presidents were meeting on Saturday to discuss the fall sports schedule. There were reports that there was “momentum” towards cancelling the season, and David Jesse of the Detroit Free Press said that B1G commissioner Kevin Warren preferred a spring football season.
While the outlook for college football season appears to be trending in the wrong direction, players across the country who want to play are letting their voices be heard. It was most prominent from Penn State student-athletes on Saturday evening.
Not long after all the news broke, QB Sean Clifford, RB Devyn Ford, LB Jesse Luketa, TE Pat Freiermuth and many others took to Twitter to express their desire to play. Most used the hashtag #IWantToPlay.
Below are the tweets sent out from numerous Penn State players on Saturday:
There’s a reason our team has had little to no cases or complications with handling COVID-19. I am extremely grateful for our staff, and particularly the training staff, for putting our health first and thus allowing us to continue mastering our crafts. We are ready. #IWantToPlay
— Will Levis (@will_levis) August 9, 2020
— Jesse Luketa 🇨🇦🇨🇩 (@OttawasVeryOwn) August 9, 2020
This team, the training staff, and the medical staff have went above and beyond to make sure we remain healthy during this pandemic!! We have had very few cases as a program and that just shows that we can and will continue to be safe on the field and off the field. #WeWantToPlay
— Jordan Stout (@JORDANSTOUT92) August 9, 2020
— D. Ford 🌊 (@TsunamiFord) August 9, 2020
Since day one coming back to campus the Penn State Football staff and medical experts have put our health and safety first, above anything else. The guidelines put into place keep us safe while playing the game we love. We are ready to play and we want to play.
— Pat Freiermuth (@pat_fry5) August 9, 2020
— Sean Clifford (@seancliff14) August 9, 2020
— Noah Cain (@therealnoahcain) August 9, 2020