“It’s that simple”: Players Call Out NFL, As #WeWantToPlay Trends On Twitter

Chris Vinel

Todd Gurley and J.J. Watt have a lot riding on this NFL season.

Gurley hopes to redeem himself in his first year with the Atlanta Falcons after being cut by the Los Angeles Rams in March. Watt needs to prove he can stay healthy. He’s played only 32 games the past four seasons.

But that might not happen this year due to COVID-19, and NFL players are speaking out about it Sunday.

The NFL and NFL Players Association remain divided on an economic and safety plan for the 2020 season, which has been deemed necessary for training camp practices to start as scheduled later this month.

Still, the league’s stars stand united. They want to play football this year.

THE MOVEMENT

The hashtag, #WeWantToPlay, began trending on Twitter around noon today, as many players, including Gurley and Watt, made it clear the league must implement a plan for their safety.

If not, a 2020 NFL season can’t take place.

Patrick Mahomes, Drew Brees and Grady Jarrett joined in, expressing their disappointment in the ongoing negotiations.

THE PROBLEMS

The league and its players association still have much to discuss and agree upon.

  • How will the NFL classify players who test positive for COVID-19?
  • Will it pay players who opt out of this season?
  • How will the league handle its projected reduced revenues?
  • Will any fans be allowed in stadiums?

The list doesn’t end there, but there’s still time to hammer out all the issues.

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