The NFLPA created a thread of tweets Wednesday to highlight the community efforts and acts of patriotism made by players.
The reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles were disinvited from their White House visit on Monday by President Donald Trump, who said the Eagles disagreed with standing for the anthem.
While Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, and a host of other teammates have been among the most politically active players in the league, no Eagles player knelt during the anthem this past regular season. Jenkins did raise a fist ahead of numerous games, though.
During a May vote, NFL owners unanimously approved a rule stating players will be expected to stand for the national anthem if they take the sidelines prior to a game. Players are also permitted to remain in the locker room if they so desire.
The NFLPA voiced its opposition to the anthem rule, and it doesn't appear the ongoing debate over player activism, social justice, and police brutality will curtail itself anytime before the 2018 regular season.