As news broke Sunday that the Power 5 conferences were likely to cancel the fall sports seasons, a twitter movement gained steam. Led by likely first overall pick Trevor Lawrence the #WeWantToPlay hashtag was shared by hundreds of college football players across the country. Many at first thought this could be in response to the movement by Pac 12 and Big 10 players who had threatened to opt out of the season previously.
As it turns out, it was not an oppositional movement, but a unified one. A few hours after the hashtag began, Lawrence and others shared the movements demands.
The coalition of athletes from every power 5 conference had several requests:
- They want to play
- Universal health and safety procedures and protocols
- Players can opt-out without losing eligibility
- Creation of a college football players association representing each of the power five conferences
While it is unclear how this affects the Pac-12 players demands it seems that players across the country are demanding their voices be heard. The players association will likely be seen as the biggest ask, as it would essentially be a players union, which would be able to make demands/requests in the future as well.
No matter how this plays out, one thing is for certain, college football will be changing sooner or later.