Clemson defender Trevor Lawrence is among some high-profile college footballers who post on social media that they want to play this season.
Lawrence tweeted on Sunday: “Let ‘s work together to create a situation where we can play the game we all love. Not disruption and argumentation. There is a way forward.”
Lawrence posted a special tweet with the hashtag #WeWantToPlay. North Carolina defender Sam Howell posted the same tweet with the hashtag.
Another longer Lawrence tweet read in part: “People are just as much, if not more risky, if we do not play. Players will be sent home to their communities, where social distancing is very impossible and medical care and the costs will be borne by the household if they contract covid19 “.
Ohio State Attorney Justin Fields echoed Lawrence’s feelings Sunday. Fields, who like Lawrence would project as one of the best choices in the 2021 NFL draft, even if he does not play another in college football, on Twitter: “There is a lot of work to be done!” # WeWantToPlay “
On Sunday evening, Lawrence and Fields, along with several other athletes from the Power 5 conferences, tweeted a graphic with the conference logos saying one goal is to “create an association of college football players.”
– Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) August 10, 2020
ESPN reported that Power 5 conference commissioners held an emergency meeting on Sunday, as there is growing concern among college athletics officials that it will not be possible to play next season football and other fall sports due to coronavirus pandemic.
On Saturday, Lawrence tweeted: “I do not know about you, but we want to play.”
Comrade Clifford of Penn State posted a hashtag tweet reading #IWantToPlay on Saturday, and Ohio State line striker Tuf Borland, a team captain, wrote a letter to the “college athletics community” at the source of his on Twitter.
“Hasshtë said that college athletes are being ‘exploited’ not only in the declared letter, but also in the media,” Borland wrote. “We acknowledge there are risks. But we have all chosen to be here and we want the opportunity to play this fall. We know there is still a long way to go as plans continue to change every day. But we have a steady voice in discussion “
The parents of current Ohio State players have circulated a letter on social media stating that they believe in the safety protocols the school has established and want their student-athletes to play this season.