Justin Fields isn’t the only Big Ten football player that is voicing his opinion about wanting to play college football this fall, but as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, he’s essentially adopted the role as the spokesperson for this movement after circulating a ‘We Want To Play’ petition over the weekend.
The petition, asking the Big Ten to reconsider its decision of canceling football this fall, has been signed over 270,000 times. Field joined Good Morning America on Wednesday morning to discuss the petition and share his thoughts as to why himself and others are pushing the Big Ten. The biggest message he got across was that, in his mind, players are much safer at the football facility than anywhere else, whether that be on or off-campus
“My main message that I would like to get across to the Big Ten commissioner is just that we want to play football,” Fields explained. “I feel like a lot of players feel more safe around the facility, around our protocols, rather than just being around campus like a regular student. For example, our safety protocol is we get tested twice a week. Around the facility, everyone wears a mask and stuff like that. I feel like a lot of players feel more safe around the facility rather than being out in the community without being tested twice a week.”.
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Michael Strahan also went on to ask Fields about other students on campus that play a role in this entire puzzle as well. Fields asked them to do their part as well.
“I would say to them just think of other people rather than yourself,” Fields said. “I think it’s kind of selfish just thinking about themselves. I understand they’re doing that, but while the virus might not affect you that seriously, it can affect others seriously, so my main message to them would be to think about others in this situation.”
Earlier this week it was reported that the father of one Ohio State player was going to travel from Florida to Big Ten headquarters in Illinois seeking answers directly from the source as to why football was canceled this fall.