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‘We Want to Play’ college football movement gaining momentum

College football players from across the country are taking to social media saying they want to play.
College football players from across the country are taking to social media saying they want to play.(Source: WBRC)
Published: Aug. 11, 2020 at 11:54 AM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - College football players from across the country are taking to social media saying they want to play. This comes amid reports the Big Ten might postpone its season and worries others, including the SEC, might do the same.

The ‘#WeWantToPlay’ hashtag is gaining momentum minute by minute. Current network sports analyst and former Auburn player Cole Cubelic believes players voices are being heard.

“Does it ultimately change it? I don’t know, but I think it’s got people’s antennas up and I think it’s made people aware of what’s going on and rather than just saying hey we’re going to bow out, they’re going to take a closer look at it and that’s good for college football,” Cubelic said.

Cubelic believes the “we want to play” movement has opened the public’s eye to realizing what the players want and allowing them to see that players believe their universities are doing enough or more than enough to keep them safe on campus.

“This is all the matters to these young men and I’m not saying that’s right but I’m just telling you from experience there are points in your life as a college football player when that is priority number one and it’s very difficult to find priority number two…and the only time you find priority number two, three, four and five is because they are must have priorities in order to have priority number one,” Cubelic said.

Cubelic says we’re getting a peek inside of what players are thinking and feeling. He says they have a bit of a voice right now and calls that a great thing.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s Press Secretary Gina Maiola released this statement Tuesday:

Governor Ivey, being a fan of the game herself, wants to see college football back just as much as the next person. Football season in Alabama is a major piece of our economy, but it is also a big part of the morale of our people. Governor Ivey says that it is a source of pride for our state, but at the same time, we need to do so while keeping everyone’s safety at the forefront. The governor reminds us often that if we want to see sports, everyone must practice personal responsibility.

The current Safer at Home order is set to expire at the end of August, and as she has done throughout the pandemic, she and Dr. Harris will closely monitor the evolving situation and will provide any updates to the people of Alabama.

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