NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will tell fans this weekend the messages “End Racism” and “It Takes All of US” will be stenciled into end zones during NFL games.
NFL Network report Tom Pelissero tweeted on Monday, “The NFL informed clubs today of plans to amplify its social justice initiatives, including helmet decals and signage in end zones for kickoff games and club home openers.”
It is expected that many players will kneel during the national anthem, although not all players are on board with the tactic.
Steeler DE Stephon Tuitt announced he would not be kneeling before the flag for his own reasons.
It was also announced that the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is often referred to as the “Black national anthem,” would be played prior to Week One games.
NFL officials did not clarify how the playing of two ‘national anthems’ would promote inclusion and unity or patriotism.
In other NFL news, as the season looms ahead, the league ponders what the product will look like on the field as the list of players choosing to opt out of the season grows. The list to date includes:
Baltimore Ravens: KR De’Anthony Thomas, OL Andre Smith
Buffalo Bills: DT Star Lotulelei
Dallas Cowboys: CB Maurice Canady, WR Stephen Guidry
Houston Texans: DT Eddie Vanderdoes
Kansas City Chiefs: OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
New England Patriots: LB Dont’a Hightower, FB Dan Vitale, RB Brandon Bolden, OL Najee Toran
New Orleans Saints: TE Cole Wick
Seattle Seahawks: OL Chance Warmack
Tennessee Titans: OL Anthony McKinney
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Minnesota Vikings: DT Michael Pierce
New England Patriots: OL Marcus Cannon
Washington Football Team: DE Caleb Brantley
Chicago Bears: DT Eddie Goldman
Denver Broncos: DT Kyle Peko
New England Patriots: S Patrick Chung
New York Jets: OL Leo Koloamatangi
Philadelphia Eagles: WR Marquise Goodwin