Not only is the NFL back, but so are the social justice messages as the league will once again allow players to wear six preselected social justice messages on their helmets this season and will have two end zone stencils at every stadium this fall, according to The Associated Press.
This move was launched last year amid a massive social justice push in the sports world, is part of the NFL’s “Inspire Change” platform.
Here are the six messages to wear on their helmet:
-It Takes All of Us
-Black Lives Matter
-Say Their Stories
Every end zone will also feature the “End Racism” and “It Takes All of Us” phrases stenciled into the back white line. Teams will also release custom hats for the cause during the final two weeks of the season.
“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,” NFL senior vice president of social responsibility Anna Isaacson said, via The Associated Press. “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 reported the league also plans on bringing back the Black national anthem for the 2021 season. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was played before the start of Week 1 games during the 2020 NFL season.