Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow tweeted out in support of college athletes as news broke that the Big Ten would be canceling the football season.
The Big Ten has canceled the 2020 football season after the presidents voted 12-2 in favor of scrapping the year, as first reported by the Detriot Free Press. Nebraska and Iowa were the lone supporters of keeping the season in place, according to Dan Patrick. Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow quickly tweeted out his support of college athletes shortly after the news went live.
This most recent development is the latest domino to drop, casting doubt over the prospect of any form of college football this fall. As one of the leading conferences in the country, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see others follow in the Big Ten’s footsteps.
Joe Burrow brings up a good point
As is the case with every issue Joe Burrow feels passionately about, he isn’t afraid to boldly voice his opinions. In doing so, he brings up a tremendous point; if this happened a year ago, where would he be? Before his Heisman winning campaign, the LSU product was projected to go on day three of the draft. Now, he’s a number one overall pick and the face of a franchise. A lot can change in a year and this decision will undoubtedly have life-altering effects.
Unfortunately for those still donning collegiate uniforms, the question Burrow poses isn’t a hypothetical, but rather, a reality. Every college football player faces a murky path ahead, especially those with NFL aspirations.
The implications from a season cancelation far exceed the confines of the football field as well. Many players that were relying on university resources may now have to go without them. As the football world awaits news from the other conferences, the real story lies within the plans of the impacted colleges to ensure the well-being of their athletes.
For now, you can bet that Joe Burrow and other leading voices within the sport will continue to raise awareness on the issues at hand.