Over 60,000 people showed up for a Houston protest and rally in the wake of George Floyd's tragic death last week. Floyd, a Houston native, was killed on May 25 while in police custody in Minneapolis. His death sparked worldwide protests calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality.
Deshaun Watson, along with teammates Jacob Martin, Zach Fulton and Peter Kalambayi, joined Floyd's family in the peaceful protest on Tuesday. Former All-Pro receiver Andre Johnson, now serving as special advisor to head coach and general manager Bill O'Brien, also marched in the downtown protest, organized by Houston rapper Bun B and Floyd's longtime friend Trae tha Truth.
"The Floyd family has been an unbelievable example for this country and topped off with 60,000 people down there at the (Discovery) Green in downtown Houston," O'Brien said Wednesday. " I think that's what Houston's all about. Houston comes together. Houston unites and Houston is uniting around the Floyd family."
The protest began in Discovery Green with demonstrators marching to City Hall for a rally where several Houston officials, activists and members of Floyd's family spoke.
"People in elected office are listening," Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said. "I want you to know that your marching, demonstrating, protesting has not gone on in vain & certainly not here in the city of Houston."
Floyd grew up in Houston's Third Ward and graduated from Jack Yates High School. A star tight end, he played in the school's 1992 state championship football game in the Astrodome. Floyd's funeral will take place in Houston on Tuesday, June 9.