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Broncos players select names, messages to honor and spotlight on helmets as part of social justice initiatives

The Broncos added decals to their helmets ahead of the start of the regular season to honor victims of racism and police brutality and support social justice initiatives.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — As the 2020 season begins, dozens of Broncos players will take the field on Monday night with decals on their helmets to honor victims of police brutality and racism and to spread messages to combat racism.

"I think it's huge," Jurrell Casey said on Sept. 3. "We support all kinds of causes in the NFL. We do the Salute [to Service] week. We do the breast cancer week. We do a raise awareness week. It's something that we already do in the NFL which is great. They allow us to voice our opinions, voice our feelings out there. This extra step now this year with us being able to wear decals, it's just another step in the right direction to make sure we influence change inside this world."

Many players opted to honor victims of police brutality, including George Floyd, Elijah McClain and Breonna Taylor.

Floyd was killed when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest in May. His death, as well as Taylor's, sparked protests around the United States and in many other countries. Broncos players participated in a march in June in downtown Denver to lend their voices and show their support for the fight against police brutality and the cause for racial justice.

A dozen players chose to spotlight the case of McClain, whose death at the hands of Aurora police officers in 2019 has gained national attention in recent months. McClain was not suspected of a crime when police detained him, and after an altercation, police placed him in a chokehold that caused him to lose consciousness. When paramedics arrived, they injected him with ketamine. He went into cardiac arrest en route to the hospital and died less than a week after the initial altercation. Federal, state and city investigations have been opened into the incident and the police department's practices.

Nine players, including safeties Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson, picked to honor Breonna Taylor. In March, Taylor was killed by Louisville, Kentucky, police during the execution of a search warrant for her apartment, though she was not the target of the investigation. One of the officers has been fired, but none have been arrested or charged.

Kansas City native De'Vante Bausby selected a high-school classmate, Cameron Lamb, who was shot and killed by a Kansas City police officer in 2019. A grand jury indicted the officer in June on charges of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.

Defensive back Kevin Toliver II, who grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, also chose to remember a victim from his hometown. In 2012, 17-year-old Jordan Davis was murdered in a parking lot by a white man after an argument over loud music. The man who shot and killed Davis was convicted on first-degree murder charges in 2014.

Selections for participating players on the active roster and practice squad are listed below.

Note: List accurate as of Sept. 8; players are able to change their selection. Names that were still under consideration as of this date are not included here.

Table inside Article
Name Selection
McTelvin Agim Elijah McClain
Calvin Anderson Breonna Taylor
Jeremiah Attaochu End Racism
Essang Bassey Breonna Taylor
Andrew Beck It Takes All of Us
Jacob Bobenmoyer It Takes All of Us
Garett Bolles Elijah McClain
A.J. Bouye End Racism
Bryce Callahan Stop Hate
Jurrell Casey Black Lives Matter
Bradley Chubb Elijah McClain
Tyrie Cleveland Black Lives Matter
Lloyd Cushenberry III Black Lives Matter
Duke Dawson Jr. It Takes All of Us
Jeff Driskel Stop Hate
Noah Fant Black Lives Matter
Austin Fort Stop Hate
Royce Freeman Breonna Taylor
Graham Glasgow It Takes All of Us
Melvin Gordon III Black Lives Matter
DaeSean Hamilton Elijah McClain
KJ Hamler Breonna Taylor
Jonathan Harris Black Lives Matter
Shelby Harris Elijah McClain
Kareem Jackson Breonna Taylor
Jerry Jeudy Stop Hate
Josey Jewell It Takes All of Us
Dre'Mont Jones It Takes All of Us
Phillip Lindsay Elijah McClain
Drew Lock Stop Hate
Trey Marshall Black Lives Matter
Sam Martin It Takes All of Us
Brandon McManus It Takes All of Us
Von Miller Breonna Taylor
Michael Ojemudia Elijah McClain
Albert Okwuegbunam Elijah McClain
Tim Patrick Elijah McClain
Mike Purcell End Racism
Malik Reed Breonna Taylor
Dalton Risner It Takes All of Us
Austin Schlottmann Stop Hate
Justin Simmons Breonna Taylor
Diontae Spencer Black Lives Matter
Justin Strnad It Takes All of Us
Courtland Sutton Elijah McClain
Nick Vannett George Floyd
DeMarcus Walker Black Lives Matter
Elijah Wilkinson Elijah McClain
De'Vante Bausby Cameron Lamb
Trinity Benson Black Lives Matter
Fred Brown Black Lives Matter
Jeremy Cox Black Lives Matter
Alijah Holder Elijah McClain
P.J. Locke Stop Hate
Patrick Morris George Floyd
Jake Rodgers Stop Hate
Brett Rypien It Takes All of Us
Kevin Toliver II Jordan Davis
Derrek Tuszka It Takes All of Us
Josh Watson Breonna Taylor

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