Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields among college football stars rallying to save season, create union
The cancellation of the upcoming college football season is a dark cloud looming on the horizon. However, the NCAA’s biggest stars came together to unite under one voice and expressed their desire to play amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence posted a statement on Twitter:
— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) August 10, 2020
Lawrence along with his Clemson teammate Darien Rencher and Stanford defensive lineman Dylan Boles gathered football players across several universities and conferences to join in on a recent Zoom call. Players on the call included Alabama running back Najee Harris, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard, Oregon’s Penei Sewell, Johnny Johnson III, Jevon Holland, and Kayvon Thibodeaux, Utah’s Nick Ford, Washington State’s Dallas Hobbs, and Michigan’s Hunter Reynolds.
Some marquee NFL players can also be remembered to have made noise on social media before the start of training camps. The group headlined by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, among others, laid out their intentions for the upcoming season. They also called out the NFL to provide them a safe environment to play in.
College football players emulated the actions of their professional counterparts and went on to unite under the #WeWantToPlay tag on social media to voice out their concerns.
Boles said he hopes that a players association might serve as a gateway toward more changes to benefit all college athletes in the future. The next step in that process, the players say, would be a meeting with NCAA and conference leaders.
A resumption of college football play does entail risks that are certainly very big to bear for the participating universities. Unlike the professional leagues, these institutions have a more limited funding to consistently maintain a safe environment for their student-athletes.
The next few weeks will see if the union of the players will have a significant impact on directing the fate of college football for the upcoming season.