Green Bay, Wisconsin — The Green Bay packers are asking fans and players alike to come together and lock arms as one this Thursday during the national anthem at Lambeau Field, according to a statement released earlier today. In the release the Packers state that “the NFL family is one of the most diverse communities in the world”.
Just look around, they said.
“The eclectic group of players that you root for, the coaches you admire, the people you sit next to in the stands, those high-fiving on military bases, fans at the sports bar or during tailgate parties—we all come from different walks of life and have unique backgrounds and stories.”
The game of football is a sport that brings people together. Even rival teams have comradery between one another. The Packers went on to say that as NFL players, “we are a living testimony that individuals from different backgrounds and with different life experiences can work together toward a common goal”.
So this Thursday during the national anthem at Lambeau Field, Packers players, coaches and staff will join together with arms intertwined. Packers state hat when they take this action, what people will see will be so much more than just a bunch of football players locking arms. The image they will see on September 28th will be one of unity. It will represent a coming together of players who want the same things that all of us do—freedom, equality, tolerance, understanding, and justice for those who have been unjustly treated, discriminated against or otherwise treated unfairly.
As part of the locking arms, Packers say you will see the sons of police officers, kids who grew up in military families, people who have themselves experienced injustice and discrimination firsthand, and an array of others all linking together in a display of unity.
“We believe that in diversity there can be UNI-versity, the Packers said.
“Intertwined, we represent the many people who helped build this country, and we are joining together to show that we are ready to continue to build.”