Since they became front and center, the NFL has addressed social justice issues and made strides to acknowledge the movement. As such, the NFL announced it will allow players to choose from six different social justice phrases to wear on the back of their helmets for the 2021 season. This decision comes as the league doubles down on its efforts to inspire its Change initiative.
Players can choose from “Say Their Stories,” “End Racism,” “It Takes All of Us,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Inspire Change,” and “Stop Hate.” Additionally, teams can have “It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism” etched into their end zones.
Anna Isaacson, the NFL senior vice president of social responsibility, told The Associated Press about the league’s efforts. “We are committed to Inspire Change and the social justice work that inspires change for the long-term.”
The NFL is dedicating Week 17 and 18 to the “Say Their Stories” campaign. It focuses on social justice heroes that players have personally identified with and the player’s impact. Additionally, during the last two weeks of the season, all clubs will receive pieces to go with the “Say Their Stories” campaign.
“That will provide a unified time frame for us to further amplify all of the work that our clubs are doing and that will lead into the playoffs where Inspire Change will continue to take center stage,” Isaacson explained. “The key message for us as the season is starting, we are ramping up again in a big way with our social justice work.”
Front Office Sports also states the NFL will bring back the black national anthem for the 2021 season. Reportedly, the NFL wants to make it a “prominent part of big-league events.”
Aaron Rogers Believes Spending The NFL Season Away From His Fiancée Will Be A ‘Good Thing’
Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers has arguably led the League’s drama during its off-season. Players’ personal lives became the focus of fans’ attention. Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers has been seen frequently in the offseason with his fiancée, Shailene Woodley. However, he recently admitted their work schedules will keep them apart for months. Despite what you may think, Rogers says this is a “good thing.”
Speaking to Haute Living, Rogers explains his reasoning. “It’s a busy work time for her. So [my decision] probably came at a good time for both of us to be able to focus on our work. I think it’s going to be a good thing.”
“I mean, her work was shut down for an entire year, and she’s booked a number of projects. She enjoys working and her own routine, which I obviously enjoy, too.”
Despite being seemingly inseparable since announcing their engagement earlier this year, it seems both parties are fond of the idea of doing their own thing for now. Then again, they both seem independent and they say absence makes the heart grow fonder.