Did the Falcons and Saints Show the NFL How to Honor the Flag and Protest?

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons players meet in the middle of the field for a moment of silence.

Before the Atlanta Falcons took on the New Orleans Saints, Monday night, all of the players stood for the national anthem. Once the Star-Spangled Banner was complete, players and coaches from both teams all met in the middle of the field and joined hands for a moment of silence.

ESPN broadcasters noted that quarterbacks Drew Brees and Matt Ryan helped orchestrate the moment of reflection between the two rivals. The game also marked the ten-year anniversary of the re-opening of the Superdome, which was ravaged after Hurricane Katrina and displaced the Saints for a year.


It will be interesting to see if other teams adopt the moment of reflection before games.

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