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Black History Month 2023: TESTIFY

NFLPA player representatives Eric Kendricks and Harrison Phillips toured the “TESTIFY: Americana from Slavery to Today" exhibit – an extraordinary collection of African-American art and artifacts from the collection of Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and his late wife Diane. From a steel collar used on an enslave person in 1820s Virginia to a brick from the White House crafted by enslaved men, women and sometimes children, Page introduced the players to an array of unique items that highlight the complicated, compelling intersection of civil rights, labor rights and Black people in America.

Click here for more information about this important Black History Month film project.


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The narrative begins to change when players start telling their side of the story. We talked to NFL players about their perspectives on important social justice topics like kneeling, racial profiling and having The Talk. Listen below to hear what they had to say.


In August 2020, the NFLPA and Executive Committee member Michael Thomas came together to find a way for NFL players to demonstrate their collective voice against racism in the United States after the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and countless other people of color. What resulted was a league-wide initiative that saw players from all 32 teams wear Nike T-shirts in support of social justice during Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season.

It’s a brotherhood in the NFL, everybody was supporting the message. All of us want to end racism [and] want true justice in this country. For all of us to come together, be on the same page, trying to share the same message on game day, that was huge.

Michael Thomas, NFLPA Executive Committee Member
Solomon Thomas, Raiders
Joe Burrow, Bengals


  • Austin Bryant + Travis Fulgham
  • Brennan Scarlett
  • Davontae Harris
  • Dwayne Haskins Jr.
  • Alex Okafor + Kenny Vaccaro
  • Deshaun Watson
  • Isaac Rochell
  • Jamal Adams
  • Jurrell Casey
  • Cam Jordan
  • DJ Chark
  • Doug Middleton + Shaq Thompson
  • Emmanuel Moseley
  • Equanimeous St. Brown
  • Fred Warner
  • Eric Smith, Chris Peace, Andrew Brown
  • Jerry Jeudy
  • Romeo Okwara
  • Tye Smith
  • Von Miller
  • Marcus Allen
  • Ricardo Allen
  • Rodney Mcleod
  • Tre Boston
  • Keelan Cole, Ryquell Armstead, DJ Chark, Leonard Fournette, Chris Conley, Rodney Gunter
  • Malik Jackson
  • Malik Reed
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling

This video includes scans of the original Houston newspaper that printed General Gordon Granger's General Order No. 3–the Juneteenth proclamation freeing all the slaves in Texas and thus in the entire United States. It also includes the Texas newspaper which published Lincoln's entire Emancipation Proclamation upon which the Juneteenth General Order No. 3 is predicated. The NFLPA thanks Mark Mitchell for these incredible pieces of history. To view more pieces from Mark Mitchell's collection, click here.

NFL players honor leaders in Black history from former NFL player Alan Page, to Barack Obama, to Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) Founder Bryan Stevenson–all of whom served as trailblazers.




NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith shared his thoughts on the June 1, 2020 episode of ESPN's Get Up: