Luke Kuechly was overcome with emotion as his team said goodbye to more than just its Super Bowl hopes.
The Panthers linebacker fought back tears while speaking with reporters as he discussed Jerry Richardson’s final game as team owner following Sunday’s disappointing NFC wild card loss to the Saints at the Superdome.
Authentic Youth Penny Hardaway Jersey In a league where playing careers are short and the next man up culture reinforces that everyone is replaceable, the negotiating table is almost always tilted in favor of the billionaires who own teams. That changed this year. Players taking a stand, in whichever way they chose to go about it, turned the tables. Their work, led by leaders like Anquan Womens Victor Martinez Jersey Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins, brought about a change in viewpoint in the minds of people like Giants co-owner John Mara, who said in October, sometimes you have to put the interests of your business behind the interests of issues that are more important, a statement that was fairly remarkable to hear. In November the NFL committed $89 million in new funds toward a social justice platform focused on issues such as criminal justice reform and education equality, on both the local and the national level.
The divisiveness sparked by not just the anthem demonstrations but also the efforts to address the issues behind the demonstrations was a mirror image of a country grappling with division at all levels and in many ways this year. Which makes what NFL players did in 2017 all the more significant: It wasn’t that they found their voices; it was that they made sure those voices were heard, and they turned that into a tangible, positive step forward.
On Wednesday afternoon, Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier posted a picture of himself on the internet, along with a written message thanking his family, friends and fans of the Steelers for their support during the difficult time he has faced since being seriously injured making a tackle in a game against the Bengals five weeks ago.
Rarely in the NFL are Week 3 games pivotal. This year they were. On Sunday morning, Sept. 24, eyes across the country were on the NFL. How would teams respond to the latest, most pointed attack from the President of the United States against players who chose to participate in the movement, started last year by Colin Kaepernick, to demonstrate during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality?
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