Minneapolis, Minnesota was the epicenter of racial tensions in the country this summer as the death of George Floyd sparked nation-wide protests and reignited conversation about police brutality and racial injustice.
On Sunday, NFL teams did not shy away from shedding light on that message and the Minnesota Vikings took a particularly unique role and delivered a powerful moment.
The team hosted the family of Floyd in an otherwise empty U.S. Bank Stadium -- due to the pandemic – and gathered the team around the Gjallarhorn, which they sound off before every game.
However, the Vikings decided against sounding off as part of their tribute to Floyd and to honor those who no longer have a voice due to racism.
The family appeared on the jumbotron along with shots of memorials and murals of Floyd from around the city.
The Vikings stood shoulder-to-shoulder across the goal line of the endzone while the PA announcer said some words about Floyd’s life and the senseless tragedy.
During the national anthem, a handful of Vikings players took a knee – the protest that Colin Kaepernick started four years ago against racism and police brutality.
The Green Bay Packers, the Vikings’ opponent, remained in the locker room for the anthem.