Rain, sleet and a 28-degree wind-chill factor didn’t stop a group of southern Colorado athletes from standing outside the Pueblo County Courthouse on Tuesday, with signs in hand.
Because to them, this is bigger than football — or mother nature.
Eighteen student-athletes from Pueblo South, Pueblo West and Fountain-Fort Carson gathered for a fall sports protest, in hopes of urging the Colorado High School Activities Association, state lawmakers and health officials to reconsider postponement of most fall sports in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among the student-athletes was Fountain-Fort Carson running back Q Jones, whose career has been plagued with injury following his breakout season as a sophomore. Jones had more than 1,400 yards rushing in nine games in 2018, and expected to continue his dominant stretch through his career before suffering a season-ending injury as a junior.
He had hoped his senior year would go on without a…