The NFL announced earlier this year that players will be able to honor victims of systemic racism on their helmets during the 2020 season. Players can list the name of a victim of social injustice or a phrase on the bottom of their helmet.
The Falcons released the names of the 38 players who will participate this season and their chosen name or phrase. Among the participants, Matt Ryan will wear “It Takes All of Us;” Julio Jones will wear “Aiyana Stanley-Jones;” Todd Gurley will wear “Black Lives Matter;” and Grady Jarrett will wear “Breonna Taylor.”
In addition to wearing the helmet decals, the team made former politician John Lewis an honorary captain.
Quinn instituted a social-justice committee on the team in 2017.
Both teams honored the life of late Congressman John Lewis by wearing white armbands featuring his initials.
Wide receiver Julio Jones was one of the players wearing shirts that feature a quote from Lewis on the front and the Rise Up & Vote logo on the back during pregame warmups. The quote read, “The Vote is The Most Powerful Nonviolent Change Agent You have in a Democratic Society.”
The Falcons also named Lewis an honorary captain for the game.
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