Maurkice Pouncey said he would make his own decision going forward, and he did just that on Sunday.
The Steelers center decided to honor fallen officer Eric Kelly on the back of his helmet during the Steelers 26-21 victory over Denver. The decision came after Pouncey said on Instagram on Thursday he was given limited information on the case of Antwon Rose Jr. The team chose to wear Rose’s name on their helmets during their week one matchup with the New York Giants.
“My focus will continue to be on helping the police in our communities, and I will support making any necessary changes to help those efforts,” he said in the post on Thursday. “Make no mistake, I am against racism and I believe the best thing I can do is to continue helping repair relationships between the police and their communities.”
Eric Kelly is one of three police officers who were killed and two others who were injured in a 2009 standoff in the Stanton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
“Tell my wife and kids I love them,” a wounded Kelly told Officer Timothy McManaway before passing away.
Officer Kelly, a 14-year veteran of the force, was married and had three daughters, ages 11, 16, and 22.