After seemingly ignoring the issue of police brutality and racism for years after Colin Kaepernick protested such while taking a knee during the National Anthem prior to games, the NFL has flipped its stance and is doing what it can to bring awareness and help fight the issue.
Beyond donating money, posting videos and image denouncing police brutality and racism, the league is now helping accommodate players who want to show their support for victims.
It was announced Tuesday that the NFL’s 1,700-plus players will likely be invited to wear helmet decals bearing the names or initials of victims of police brutality and systemic racism.
The league office is currently working with the NFL Players Association to compile a list of names for the NFL to approve in which the players will choose from.
The news comes as a surprise as the NFL is known for being notorious in its enforcing of strict uniform standards, even once denying a request by the Dallas Cowboys to wear decals honoring fallen area police officers.
But in the wake of the recent incidents of this country and the NBA allowing its players to use names of phrases on their jersey’s nameplates, times are clearly changing.