The murder of George Floyd and protests that followed against systemic racism impact our NFL player members as much as they do the general public. Our union stands with all players as they support their communities and work to inspire positive change.


SOCIAL JUSTICE TASKFORCE

This committee of NFLPA staff exists to provide our player members with informational resources to combat social injustice, amplify their collective voices and connect them with stakeholders to support their efforts to create positive change.

Our mission is to be a trusted resource for our members as they engage their communities through social action.

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THE NARRATIVE

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.

INJUSTICE AGAINST ONE OF US IS INJUSTICE AGAINST ALL OF US

The NFLPA and Michael Thomas (Texans) 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 and George Floyd. What resulted was a T-shirt with the phrase "Injustice against one of us is injustice against all of us" and "End Racism" on the back, that was designed in house by the NFLPA and manufactured by Nike for players from all 32 teams to wear 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, Houston Texans
Solomon Thomas, 49ers
Joe Burrow, Bengals

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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.

ERIC KENDRICKS

CHARLES LENO JR

RICARDO ALLEN


#BlackLivesMatter

  • Austin Bryant + Travis Fulgham Lions
  • Brennan Scarlett Texans
  • Davontae Harris Broncos
  • Dwayne Haskins Jr. Washington Football Team
  • Alex Okafor + Kenny Vaccaro Chiefs, Titans
  • Deshaun Watson Texans
  • Isaac Rochell Chargers
  • Jamal Adams Seahawks
  • Jurrell Casey Broncos
  • Cam Jordan Saints
  • DJ Chark Jaguars
  • Doug Middleton + Shaq Thompson Titans, Panthers
  • Emmanuel Moseley 49ers
  • Equanimeous St. Brown Packers
  • Fred Warner 49ers
  • Eric Smith, Chris Peace, Andrew Brown Cowboys, Bengals
  • Jerry Jeudy Broncos
  • Romeo Okwara Lions
  • Tye Smith Titans
  • Von Miller Broncos
  • Marcus Allen Steelers
  • Ricardo Allen Falcons
  • Rodney Mcleod Eagles
  • Tre Boston Panters
  • Keelan Cole, Ryquell Armstead, DJ Chark, Leonard Fournette, Chris Conley, Rodney Gunter Jaguars
  • Malik Jackson Eagles
  • Malik Reed Broncos
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling Packers

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.

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