LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Parents of 81 Husker football players posted an open letter to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren on Twitter Sunday afternoon seeking answers and expressing their desire to watch their sons play this fall.
Last Tuesday, the Big Ten Conference announced its decision to postpone the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In the letter, the parents discuss their concerns about the mental and physical well-being of their sons.
“The decision to release the schedule, only to postpone the season less than a week later based on ‘risks and uncertainties,’ has taken an emotional toll on our sons,” the letter says.
Additionally, the parents mention how playing two seasons within the 2021 year could impact the athletes physically.
“Their bodies need time to heal and recover and we are concerned that these back to back seasons could cause more physical harm to them than COVID-19 could,” the parents add.
A petition on change.org demanding that Commissioner Warren and Big Ten presidents let athletes play starting in late September was created on Saturday.
Read the full letter below.