You won’t see fans in most stadiums to start the year, and you probably won’t see some of your favorite players suit up due to the pandemic. Needless to say, things will be very different this season…
With most teams playing today, including our Detroit Lions hosting the Bears at 1pm, here are some things you will see on the first NFL Sunday.
•Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a series of social justice initiatives the league has planned, including decals on helmets, a voter activation push and phrases stenciled in the end zones.
•Teams will have the phrases “It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism” painted in each team’s end zones all season long.
• NFL will play the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (known as the Black national anthem) before games on opening weekend, while airing footage that showcases the social justice work of players and teams.
•Education programs have been conducted with players on all 32 teams, and Goodell said that the league encouraged teams to offer their stadiums as polling centers.
•Goodell, who said last month that he wished the league had “listened earlier” to Colin Kaepernick when he began protesting during the National Anthem back in 2016, also announced that the league’s players will be able to “shine a spotlight on and honor victims of systemic racism and police brutality” with decals on their helmets that display the victims’ names — Players will wear those decals all season long.
Will the NFL be able to finish out the season? Well, there were some doubts that the NFL would even be able to kick off its season as scheduled due to the pandemic, but the league succeeded with pushing through training camp and started the season as planned on Thursday eve.
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