Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says his team wants to take a proper action and try to help form a better society. Just over a week, Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot seven times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Blake shooting led huge protests in Kenosha and a number of high-profile African-Americans have called for justice in the Blake case.
African-American athletes have been using their platforms to raise awareness of social justice and call for people to unite and form a better society. "We are committed to taking action and being a part of the solution to face social injustice and prejudice that we all face, not only in our country, but worldwide," Tomlin said, per ESPN.
"It is our desire to be active participants in the formation of a more perfect union."
Tomlin says being an NFL player doesn't solve all the problems
Being a part of the NFL family is a privilege in the United States but Tomlin says it doesn't stop the sadness you feel once you social unjustice happening.
"That being said, we realize recent events are a continued reminder of how far we are from that. We stand before you acknowledging that we are blessed and privileged. But that privilege does not shield us from sadness. This privilege does not shield us from shock or outrage.
It does not shield us from fear, fear for our safety, or a loved one or an uncertain future. Beyond being football men, first and foremost we are husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, uncles, members of a community. We wanted to pause and share with those that are hurting tonight that we see you, that we hear you, but most importantly we stand with you," Tomlin said.
At the end of his speech, Tomlin prayed, hoping things will get better and positive changes will start happening in the United States society. "This evening as we go about our normal football business, we come before you standing united as an organization, as a football team, as football men," Tomlin said.
"From different ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds and even countries of origin. We stand united by our talent and our love for the game of football. That love and those talents have taught us great tolerance and understanding. We realize that those blessings put us in the minority."