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The Seattle Seahawks are one of several NFL teams who have been leading the fight against social injustice, racism and police brutality.
But in the moments leading up to the Seahawks NFL season opener, Pete Carroll and Co. were mostly mum on how his team would use their platform to address important social issues on Sunday. Linebacker Bobby Wagner said any plans would be “kept in house.”
Ahead of Sunday’s matchup in Atlanta, Seattle’s pregame protest plans were unveiled.
Seahawks and Falcons players lined up across each goal line, arm-and-arm, as Lift Every Voice and Sing, a song known as the “Black Anthem, played in Mercedes Benz Stadium.
Many Seattle players kneeled during the national anthem, including K.J. Wright and Will Dissly. Jamal Adams lifted a single fist in the air as Atlanta Falcons Jazz musician Mike Phillips played the National Anthem on his saxophone.
No Falcons players were seen taking a knee.
Both teams players' took a knee after kickoff as well, as part of a joint demonstration organized by quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Russell Wilson, per the FOX Sports broadcast.
The Seahawks also pledged to use their platforms to bring awareness to victims of systemic racism all season long.
Players donned helmet decals with names like Breonna Taylor and Emmett Till ahead of Seattle’s NFL season opener with the Atlanta Falcons. The words “Black Lives Matter, and “End Racism,” were also seen on the back of players’ helmets.
The Seahawks and Falcons both wore white armbands that featured the initials of late Congressman John Lewis during pregame warmups.
During pregame warmups, players also wore shirts that read “We Want Justice,” as a part of a call to action organized by Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright.
Seattle’s pregame protest comes just days after the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans joined in a moment of unity at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs were on the field for the National Anthem as well as “Lift Every Voice and Sing."
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