It didn’t take long, and it should certainly be making national headlines soon if it hasn’t already.
In just a matter of hours, Ohio State Buckeyes QB Justin Fields has reached over 50,000 signatures on a growing movement to the Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren, Big Ten presidents and Big Ten athletic directors.
Fields tweeted the link, saying ‘this cause is close to my heart’ and within two hours, 50,000 signatures had been signed.
The #WeWantToPlay initiative has reached a new high and the website to sign on to join their movement states:
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.
Why is this important?
We want to play. We believe that safety protocols have been established and can be maintained to mitigate concerns of exposure to Covid 19. 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 vain. #LetUsPlay!
You can also sign if you are interested.
Fields original tweet has taken off.
This cause is close to my heart - please sign: https://t.co/yFKlYE7pP0— Justin Fields (@justnfields) August 16, 2020
It is unsure whether or not any Pac-12 players support this message or movement, but Fields’ notoriety and fame has to have already grabbed the attention of Warren and the Big Ten administrators.
Where we go from here is another story, but for the Pac-12, certainly one worth watching.