This is an extraordinary moment in sports in the United States. Recently, the Players Coalition, led by NFL players Malcolm Jenkins, Doug Baldwin and Anquan Boldin, reached a historic tentative agreement with the NFL, earmarking almost $100 million for efforts by the Players Coalition and the NFL to work toward addressing social-justice concerns, particularly those affecting African-American communities.

This effort stems from Colin Kaepernick’s brave decision over a year ago to sit and then kneel during the pre-game playing of the national anthem. In its wake, athletes in many sports and of all ages have expressed their feelings on a number of social-justice issues through silent, peaceful pre-game protests. Nowhere, however, have these protests been as numerous and effective as in the NFL.

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