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Big Ten Football Players, Fans Support #WeWantToPlay Petition

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields created a #WeWantToPlay petition Sunday morning that calls for an immediate reinstatement of the Big Ten’s fall football season.

The petition has reached nearly 80,000 signatures and is addressed to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, university presidents, and athletic directors. Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth shared the petition Sunday.

“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,” Fields’ statement reads.

The petition also requests that Big Ten teams and players choose whether or not they want to play this fall. It also asks that teams or players that wish to opt out of a fall season can do so without “penalty or repercussion.”

Along with Fields’ petition, plenty of Big Ten football players and fans have voiced their displeasure with the conference’s decision to postpone all fall sports this past week. The Penn State Football Parents Association published a letter Saturday night demanding answers from the university and the Big Ten.

The letter’s signers were especially frustrated with the Big Ten’s postponement decision coming just six days after it released an updated football schedule.

“We want to know what changed in six days and why was this decision rushed before the Big Ten Conference and NCAA could answer some of the most basic questions regarding the future of these student-athletes,” the parents wrote to President Eric Barron and Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren.

While all fall seasons are postponed, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Big Ten have stated that they’re open to competing in the spring.

You can sign the #WeWantToPlay petition here.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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