NFL Players To Visit The Capitol Wednesday To Discuss Race Relations, Police Violence

Ford Springer | Contributor

Five NFL players are traveling to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to discuss race relations and police brutality on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

Detroit Lions receiver Anquan Boldin organized the the trip to the Capitol where he and four other NFL players will meet with members of Congress. They might also fit in a meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, organized by the NFL Players Association.

Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee Anquan Boldin of the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images for Nationwide)

Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee Anquan Boldin of the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images for Nationwide)

Boldin will be joined by Lions teammate, safety Glover Quin, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown and Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins. The five football players will join in discussions with Reps. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla.; Keith Ellison, D-Minn.; and Daniel Webster, R-Fla., and members of the Congressional Black Caucus, ESPN reports.

Boldin told ESPN he selected these players to join them as they are “all guys who are well-respected in the league and who have the same goal as myself.” Boldin is well-known for his dedication to work in the community.

Boldin told ESPN’s Jim Trotter there’s a “huge mistrust” between police and the African-American community and he wants “to help close that gap.”

Boldin speaks during the 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year Finalist press conference prior to Super Bowl 50. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Boldin speaks during the 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year Finalist press conference prior to Super Bowl 50. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

McCown, who is the only white player attending the meetings says he is going to listen during the discussions. “I don’t believe we, as white people, can understand what African-Americans go through on a daily basis, because it’s different,” McCown said.

“For me, first and foremost, I want to be able to acknowledge that, and say that our stories are different and our histories are different, but let’s just try to be a part of making it better moving forward.”

Ford Springer

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