Players may display names of victims of systemic racism on their helmet padding

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It had been suggested that NFL players will be permitted in 2020 to wear helmet decals with the names of victims of police violence and/or systemic racism. In reality, the names will have more conspicuous placement.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, players may display the names of victims of police violence and/or systemic racism on the padding along the bottom of the backs of their helmets.

It’s a fairly thick white strip, where multiple organizations currently print the names of their teams. The names of specific persons¬†will be easy to see when TV cameras capture close-up images of players on the field.

The names will come from an approved list, with names like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery among the possibilities.

It’s a full-season endeavor, and an important tangible effort by the NFL to allow the uniform to carry clear messages of social justice.