- The Washington Times - Monday, August 10, 2020

President Trump threw his support for college football to be held in the fall, tweeting Monday that “student-athletes have been working too hard for their season to be cancelled.”

Trump’s tweet included the hashtag “#WeWantToPlay,” which has become an unofficial slogan for college athletes vying to play during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Trump’s message also came in response to Clemson star Trevor Lawrence, who tweeted “#WeWantToPlay” and included a picture of a statement that includes a list of demands for football to be played in the fall. The message was also shared by prominent stars like Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.



“We all want to play football this season,” the statement read. “Establish universal mandated health & safety procedures and protocols to protect college-athletes against COVID-19 among all conferences throughout the NCAA. Give players the opportunity to opt out and respect their decision. Guarantee eligibility whether a player chooses to play the season or not.

“Use our voices to establish open communication and trust between players and officials; ultimately create a College Football Players Association [with] representatives of the players of all Power 5 conferences.”

Power 5 conference commissioners held a call Sunday to discuss the viability of a season in the fall. Some conferences like the Mid-American Conference have already canceled football in the fall, aiming to hold it in the spring instead.  

Trump was greeted with a warm reception when he attended the national championship game between Clemson and LSU in January. 

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