On Sunday, players from all over the NFL will be wearing matching shirts designed by Houston Texans safety Michael Thomas. Texans and Chiefs players debuted the shirts on Thursday night during warmups.
When the NFLPA approached Michael Thomas about designing shirts to express support for social justice and racial equality, he didn't hesitate. The seven-year veteran has a licensing agrrement as an active player for his own clothing brand, "No Excuses," with Fanatics. Thomas, along with his teammate Kenny Stills and t-shirt designer, came up with the concept and design which reads, "Injustice against one of us is injustice against all of us. End Racism."
"To walk into the locker room today and see those shirts in everybody's locker and knowing that they will be in every team's locker for this opening weekend, I mean, that's huge," Thomas said. "It gives us a chance to be visible for this movement. We saw what the WNBA was able to do and give those ladies a lot of credit for what they have been able to do, what the NBA has done and all the other sports, tennis, everyone. They have been able to continue to play, continue to work, but still show support for all those families, all those people on the ground fighting for justice in our country and we wanted to do the same thing."
The NFLPA and Nike produced the shirts, which will be distributed to all NFL players to wear during warmups during their season openers on Sunday.