The National Football League is reportedly going to allow its players to wear helmet decals featuring the initials of people killed by police, sources told Front Office Sports.
The NFL is currently working with members of the league's Players Association to compose a list of names that players wish to honor while in uniform.
George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice are just some of the names expected to be included on the tribute decals. The report says that "tributes could range from African-American victims of racism to police officers slain in the line of duty."
According to senior correspondent for NFL Network Steve Wyche, the decision whether to wear a decal is completely up to the individual player.
The initiative is an unexpected departure from the NFL's more traditional approach to uniform compliance. For decades, the league has not allowed such personal or political messaging.
Besides the NFL and branding partner logos, the league has only allowed helmet decals when honoring former players, deceased owners, or the military.