Pittsburgh players held a banner, which learn “Steelers Against Racism.” The banner additionally listed every of the players’ hometowns.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stated in June he would help players in the event that they selected to kneel.
“Our position is simple,” Tomlin stated on the time. “We are going to support our players and their willingness to partake in this, whether it is statements or actions. You guys know my feelings, I have stated them in the past. Statements are good, but impact is better. Particularly long-term impact.”
On the opposite aspect, some New York Giants players kneeled throughout the anthem.
Teams have taken completely different approaches of their demonstrations throughout the first week of the season. Players have stayed within the locker room for the national anthem and the enjoying of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Other groups have stayed out for each songs.
The NFL expressed its help for the players’ resolution.
“During the Kickoff in Atlanta, players on both teams exercised their right to bring attention to social injustices that have persisted in the Black community for many years. We stand by the players in the quest for equality,” the NFL tweeted on its official account.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.