More than a dozen players formed a prayer circle on the team’s sideline before Monday night’s pre-season game against the New York Giants as the Star-Spangled Banner played.
The group included veterans, rookies, starters and backups, and for the first time a white participant – second-year tight end Seth DeValve.
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‘And also to draw attention to the fact that we have work to do. And that’s why I did what I did.’
DeValve’s kneel came just one week after Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett called for white players to participate in the national anthem protest.
‘It would take a white player to really get things changed, because when somebody from the other side understands and they step up and they speak up about it…it would change the whole conversation,’ he said.
For DeValve, a fourth-round pick last year out of Princeton University, however, the protest is also personal.
In June 2017, he married Erica Harris, an African-American woman, whom he met while attending Princeton.