NFL Community Honors Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy on MLK Day

Monday’s playoff game between the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams will be the NFL’s first on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

To commemorate the holiday, the league is working alongside Inspire Change social justice grant partner The King Center and their CEO, Dr. Bernice King “to ensure that Dr. King’s life and legacy are honored and commemorated during this game”. The back of each player’s helmet will feature an “MLK” sticker that includes the message “BE LOVE” or “STOP HATE”. The phrase “BE LOVE” will also be incorporated into the pitch stencil at SoFi Stadium through the end zone of “END RACISM.”

Audio clips of players from both teams discussing Dr. King’s legacy and the impact he had on them personally will be played during the match broadcast on ESPN/ABC, ESPN2, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes.

“We are proud to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during our game tonight,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Dr. King envisioned a world where justice and equality existed for all, a vision that is relentlessly upheld by the King Center today. Through Inspire Change, we are honored to work alongside Dr. Bernice King and the King Center to help foster unity, drive positive change in our communities, and continue the critical fight to end racism.”

The NFL community took to social media Monday to honor the life and legacy of the civil rights activist.

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