Prominent voices across college football have chimed in over the last number of days to support the playing of college football this fall, especially with the family of Michigan Wolverines players.
Another notable one has come in on Monday evening with Lisa and Ed McCaffrey — parents of quarterback Dylan McCaffrey — showing their desire for football to be played this fall.
To the University of Michigan and the College Athletic Community:
In response to the current state of affairs surrounding the possible cancellation of the 2020 Big Ten college football season, we, the parents of a University of Michigan football player. are compelled to express our support for our child and for the Michigan Wolverines coaching staff and program.
We can unequivocally state that Michigan football has taken every measure to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our child. Coach Harbaugh and his staff have maintained consistent communication with us. as well as with other parents. We are well versed in the protocols that have been established by the University of Michigan to reduce risk to our child and to other players and to maintain a safe environment. As such, we have complete trust in the coaching and the medical staff of the University of Michigan.
More importantly. we have complete trust in our child and in his ability to determine what is best for him. Therefore, we overwhelmingly support his decision to play football this fall.
We strongly believe that denying these players the opportunity to play football this season would jeopardize their fitness, their happiness and their futures. For those players that wish to play, they deserve the opportunity to play. They have spent the better part of their lives preparing for this time of their life and to rob them of the ability to play without assessing the sakty standards and protocols that have been established by a coaching and medical staff selected by the University of Michigan would have damaging long term effects.
As football players, they understand risk. As young men, they understand the consequences of their decisions. They are able to balance potential risk with reward. For those players that elect to play. we stand by them and we support them.
We believe that our child’s participation in Michigan football this fall is the best possible environment that he can be in during these uncertain times.
Lisa and Ed McCaffrey