NFL player honors slain St. Louis police captain during Week 1 game

The player has no prominent connection to St. Louis, but chose to don "David Dorn" on his helmet this weekend.

Sam Masterson
September 14, 2020 - 1:51 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KFTK) - A player for the Jacksonville Jaguars honored former St. Louis Police Capt. David Dorn, who was killed during a night of violence and looting in St. Louis, by wearing Dorn's name on his helmet during Sunday's game. 

Tight end Tyler Eifert said after the game in a Tweet that "It was honor wearing David Dorn's name on my helmet today!"

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The photo from Eifert has been retweeted more than 4,000 times. 

Eifert made one catch in his team's 27-20 win.

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Players around the league were allowed to don the names or initials of victims of systemic racism and police violence. Players, coaches and on-field officials for the rest of the season can choose to have the name of a victim or one of four preferred phrases the NFL has approved on their game-day uniform. Those approved phrases are:

  • Stop Hate
  • It Takes All Of Us
  • End Racism
  • Black Lives Matter

Dorn, 77, was shot by looters in June after a long night of violence in St. Louis. He died while protecting his friend's pawnshop in north St. Louis.

Calls for social justice and ending systemic racism have resonated across the country this year and athletes have taken a larger role on using their platform to shed light on these issues.

Here's how some teams protested and showed unity throughout the league on Sunday: 

The Minnesota Vikings were hosting and honoring the family of George Floyd – a victim of police brutality in Minneapolis whose death sparked protests across the country. 

Neither the Buffalo Bills nor New York Jets took the field for the playing of the national anthem, electing to remain in the locker room instead.

The Baltimore Ravens lined up together in the end zone, including owner Steve Biscotti, for the playing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” while cornerback Marlon Humphrey took a knee. The Cleveland Browns remained in the locker room but were out and standing for the national anthem. 

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