NFL to Celebrate the League's International Diversity with Helmet Initiative in Weeks 4 and 5

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NFL to Celebrate the League's International Diversity with Helmet Initiative in Weeks 4 and 5

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Over 200 players, coaches and executives from across the League will pay homage

to their heritage with international flag display on helmets

 

The National Football League (NFL), in partnership with over 200 players, coaches and executives, will celebrate the growing number of nationalities and cultures that make up the fabric of the League with an initiative that will see players take the field with international flags on their helmets.

 

Players across the league will proudly wear a helmet decal of the country or territory's flag that represents their nationality or cultural heritage across Weeks 4 and 5.

 

In the player-led initiative that looks to showcase the global influence on the League and recognize the impact that those contributing nations across the world have had on NFL rosters today, fans will see over 50 nations and territories represented.

 

Players can choose to wear, alongside the American flag, the flag of an international country or territory if they lived there for two years or more, or have a parent or grandparent who were born there.

 

Players flying the flag for the initiative include Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals - South Korea), Amon-Ra St. Brown (Detroit Lions – Germany) and Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins – Samoa & American Samoa).

 

Coaches and executives across the League, including the Spanos Family (Los Angeles Chargers - Greece), Bill Belichick (New England Patriots - Croatia) and Paraag Marathe (San Francisco 49ers - India), will also mark their connections to countries across the world, wearing pins displaying their flag of choice on game day.

 

"The NFL is proud of the extensive collection of nationalities and heritage of its players across the League," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "We recognize the many cultures they represent and the excitement they bring to their home fans, which ultimately helps grow our game."

 

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray will display the flag of South Korea in tribute to his mother, Missy, added: "I'm proud to play with the flag of South Korea on my helmet. It's a great way to honor my mom, honor my heritage and highlight the diverse backgrounds that make up the NFL."


Miami Dolphins Tua Tagovailoa, who will don the Samoan flag in a nod to his parents' and grandparents' cultural heritage, said: "I am proud to represent my heritage with the Samoan flag on my helmet. My family and my culture are very important to me. Our name means everything, and it's an honor to be able to represent not only my family's name but also my Samoan heritage as an NFL player. I hope that in doing so, I can encourage kids from the islands to keep pursuing their dreams and to also be proud of their culture and where they've come from."


Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown will display the German flag and had this to say: "My mom is from Germany, so having German grandparents, speaking German, every summer the heritage and culture has been a part of my whole life. I'm half German. It's a part of me. I love it. In my young career, I have already been amazed to see the influence my culture and heritage has had and I'm excited to continue to see the German representation have an impact within our game."


The complete list of participating players can be seen here:

 

Ola AdeniyiTennessee TitansNigeria
McTelvin AgaimDenver BroncosNigeria
Nelson AgholorNew England PatriotsNigeria
Isaac  AlarconDallas CowboysMexico
Mo Alie CoxIndianapolis ColtsSierra Leone
Tyler AllgeierAtlanta FalconsPhilippines
Ugo AmadiTennessee TitansNigeria
Bradlee AnaeNew York JetsSamoa
David AnenihPittsburgh SteelersNigeria
Alex AnzaloneDetroit LionsItaly
Eli AppleCincinnati BengalsGhana
JJ  Arcega-WhitesideSeattle SeahawksSpain
Brian  AsamoahMinnesota VikingsGhana
Kayode  AwosikaDetroit LionsNigeria
Chidobe AwuzieCincinnati BengalsNigeria
David BadaWashington CommandersGermany
Ben BanoguIndianapolis ColtsNigeria
Essang  BasseyDenver BroncosNigeria
Giovani BernardTampa Bay BuccaneersHaiti
Braxton  BerriosNew York JetsPuerto Rico
Curtis  BoltonLas Vegas RaidersItaly
Kendrick  BourneNew England PatriotsAmerican Samoa
Camryn BynumMinnesota VikingsPhilippines
Jason  CabindaDetroit LionsCameroon
Chase ClaypoolPittsburgh SteelersCanada
Sam CosmiWashington CommandersRomania
Britain CoveyPhiladelphia EaglesChile
Christian CovingtonLos Angeles ChargersCanada
Marcel DaboIndianapolis ColtsGermany
Dennis DaleyTennessee TitansJamaica
Scott DalyDetroit LionsIreland
Michael DicksonSeattle SeahawksAustralia
Victor DimukejeArizona CardinalsNigeria
Michael DogbeArizona CardinalsNigeria
Aaron DonkorSeattle SeahawksGermany
Greg DulcichDenver BroncosCroatia
Michael  DwumfourHouston TexansGhana
Dominik EberleDetroit LionsGermany
Arnold EbitketieAtlanta FalconsCameroon
Samson EbukamSan Francisco 49ersNigeria
Chuma EdogaAtlanta FalconsNigeria
Sam EguavoenMiami DolphinsNigeria
Dieter EiselenChicago BearsSouth Africa
Daniel  EkualeNew England PatriotsAmerican Samoa
Ikem  EkwonuCarolina PanthersNigeria
Jermaine EluemunourLas Vegas RaidersNigeria
Obinna  EzeDetroit LionsNigeria
Joshua EzeuduNew York GiantsNigeria
Daniel  FaaleleBaltimore RavensAustralia
Olakunle FatukasiTampa Bay BuccaneersNigeria
Nick  FolkNew England PatriotsGermany
Leki  FotuArizona CardinalsTonga
Hjalte FroholdtCleveland BrownsDenmark
Neville  GallimoreDallas CowboysCanada
Graham GanoNew York GiantsScotland
Max GarciaArizona CardinalsMexico
Trenton GillChicago BearsCanada
Josh GordonTennessee TitansHaiti
Adam GotsisJacksonville JaguarsAustralia
Alfredo  GutierrezSan Francisco 49ersMexico
Troy HairstonHouston TexansPanama
Kyle  HamiltonBaltimore RavensSouth Korea
Devery HamiltonNew York GiantsGermany
N'Keal  HarryChicago BearsSt. Vincent
Khalil  HerbertChicago BearsJamaica
Will  HernandezArizona CardinalsMexico
Michael  HoechtLos Angeles RamsCanada
Jevon HollandMiami DolphinsCanada
Sam HowellWashington CommandersSouth Korea
Brian HoyerNew England PatriotsGermany
Chuba HubbardCarolina PanthersCanada
Talanoa  HufangaSan Francisco 49ersTonga
Germain IfediAtlanta FalconsNigeria
Noah IgbinogheneMiami DolphinsNigeria
Alaric JacksonLos Angeles RamsCanada
Josh JacobsLas Vegas RaidersPhilippines
Tony JeffersonNew York GiantsMexico
Jerry Jeudy Denver BroncosHaiti
Kingsley JohnathanChicago BearsNigeria
Jakob JohnsonLas Vegas RaidersGermany
Cam JohnstonHouston TexansAustralia
Patrick JonesMinnesota VikingsJapan
Kerby  JosephDetroit LionsHaiti
Matt  JudonNew England PatriotsBurundi
Joshua  KaluTennessee TitansNigeria
George KarlaftisKansas City ChiefsGreece
Kio  KieftTampa Bay BuccaneersNetherlands
Javon KinlawSan Francisco 49ersTrinidad & Tobago
Kader KohouMiami DolphinsIvory Coast
Jonathan KongboDenver BroncosRepublic of Congo
Younghoe KooAtlanta FalconsSouth Korea
Tanoh KpassagnonNew Orleans SaintsIvory Coast
Tyler KroftSan Francisco 49ersGermany
William KwenkeuMinnesota VikingsCameroon
Nate LandmanAtlanta FalconsZimbabwe
Harvey LangiNew England PatriotsTonga
Tyler LarsenWashington CommandersNorway
Matt  LeoPhiladelphia EaglesAustralia
Deane LeonardLos Angeles ChargersCanada
Jesse LuketaArizona CardinalsCanada
Frankie LuvuCarolina PanthersAmerican Samoa
Boye  MafeSeattle SeahawksNigeria
Jordan  MailataPhiladelphia EaglesAustralia
Marcus MariotaAtlanta FalconsAmerican Samoa
Roy MbaetekaNew York GiantsNigeria
Devin McCourtyNew England PatriotsJamaica
Tre' McKittyLos Angeles ChargersJamaica
Ifeatu  MelifonwuDetroit LionsNigeria
Sony  MichelLos Angeles ChargersHaiti
Marken MichelWashington CommandersHaiti
DJ  MooreCarolina PanthersJamaica
Israel MukuamuDallas CowboysRepublic of Congo
Kyler MurrayArizona CardinalsSouth Korea
Netane MutiDenver BroncosTonga
Yannick NgakoueIndianapolis ColtsMartinique
David NjokuCleveland BrownsNigeria
Derrick NnadiKansas City ChiefsNigeria
Rakeem Nunez-RochesTampa Bay BuccaneersBelize
Kene NwangwuMinnesota VikingsNigeria
Uchenna  NwosuSeattle SeahawksNigeria
Efe ObadaWashington CommandersUnited Kingdom
Adedayo OdeleyeHouston TexansUnited Kingdom
Ifeadi OdenigboIndianapolis ColtsNigeria
Dayo OdenyingboIndianapolis ColtsNigeria
Osa OdighizuwaDallas CowboysNigeria
Thomas  OdukoyaTennessee TitansNetherlands
Emmanuel  OgbahMiami DolphinsNigeria
Amen OgbongbemigaLos Angeles ChargersNigeria
Dare  OgunbowaleHouston TexansNigeria
Ade OgundejiAtlanta FalconsNigeria
Larry  OgunjobiPittsburgh SteelersNigeria
Michael OjemudiaDenver BroncosNigeria
Bobby OkerekeIndianapolis ColtsNigeria
Chigoziem OkonkwoTennessee TitansNigeria
Chukuma  OkorakorPittsburgh SteelersNigeria
Ogbonnia OkoronkwoHouston TexansNigeria
Jeff  OkudahDetroit LionsNigeria
Julian OkwaraDetroit LionsNigeria
Albert  OkwuegbunamDenver BroncosNigeria
Chris OlaveNew Orleans SaintsCuba
Segun OlubiIndianapolis ColtsNigeria
Foye OluokunJacksonville JaguarsNigeria
Charles OmenihuSan Francisco 49ersNigeria
Michael  OnwenuNew England PatriotsNigeria
Iosua OpetaPhiladelphia EaglesAmerican Samoa
Amani OruwariyeDetroit LionsNigeria
Odafe OwehBaltimore RavensNigeria
Jeremiah Owusu-KoromoahCleveland BrownsGhana
Ayo OyelolaJacksonville JaguarsUnited Kingdom
Devine OzigboDenver BroncosNigeria
Joshua  PalmerLos Angeles ChargersCanada
Zach  PascalPhiladelphia EaglesGrenada
Darrin PauloDetroit LionsAmerican Samoa
Kwity PayeIndianapolis ColtsLiberia
Matthew PeartNew York GiantsJamaica
Nicholas Petit-FrereTennessee TitansHaiti
Eddy  PineroCarolina PanthersCuba
Max PircherLos Angeles RamsItaly
Sandro PlatzgummerNew York GiantsAustria
Willington PrevilonTampa Bay BuccaneersHaiti
Mike PurcellDenver BroncosSamoa
Robert QuinnChicago BearsPuerto Rico
Bernhard  RaimannIndianapolis ColtsAustria
Taylor RappLos Angeles RamsPeople's Republic of China
Malcom RodriguezDetroit LionsMexico
Cesar RuizNew Orleans SaintsDominican Republic
Cairo SantosChicago BearsBrazil
Bernhard  SeikovitsArizona CardinalsAustria
Penei SewellDetroit LionsAmerican Samoa
Dakoda ShepleyDallas CowboysCanada
Arryn SipossPhiladelphia EaglesAustralia
JuJu Smith SchusterKansas City ChiefsSamoa
Equanimeous St. BrownChicago BearsGermany
Amon-Ra St. BrownDetroit LionsGermany
Benjamin St-JusteWashington CommandersCanada
Michael  StrachanIndianapolis ColtsBahamas
Tua  TagovailoaMiami DolphinsSamoa
Derrick TangeloAtlanta FalconsDemocratic Republic of Congo
Jahlani TavaiNew England PatriotsSamoa
Khyiris TongaAtlanta FalconsTonga
Marlon TuipulotuPhiladelphia EaglesTonga
Kemoko  TuraySan Francisco 49ersIvory Coast
Josh UcheNew England PatriotsNigeria
Olisaemeka UdohMinnesota VikingsNigeria
Eyioma UwazurikeDenver BroncosNigeria
Halapoulivaati VaitaiDetroit LionsTonga
Tanner VallejoArizona CardinalsEcuador
Vita VeaTampa Bay BuccaneersTonga
Alijah Vera-TuckerNew York JetsMexico
Luiji VilainMinnesota VikingsCanada
Corliss WaiymanDenver BroncosSuriname
Prince Oghenetega  WanoghoKansas City ChiefsNigeria
Fred WarnerSan Francisco 49ersMexico
Luke WattenbergDenver BroncosSouth Korea
Nick  Westbrook-IkhineTennessee TitansNigeria
Rachad WildgooseWashington CommandersBahamas
Elijah WilkinsonAtlanta FalconsPuerto Rico
Avery WilliamsAtlanta FalconsMexico
K'Wuan  WilliamsDenver BroncosJamaica
Joshua WilliamsKansas City ChiefsSt.Kitts and Nevis
Marco WilsonArizona CardinalsPuerto Rico
Mitch  WishnowskySan Francisco 49ersAustralia
Kenny YeboahNew York JetsLiberia
Isaac  YiadomHouston TexansGhana
Olamide ZaccheusAtlanta FalconsNigeria
   

 

The complete list of participating coaches and executives can be seen here:

 

Cam AchordNew England PatriotsFrance
Bill BelichickNew England PatriotsCroatia
Brian BelichickNew England PatriotsCroatia
Stephen BelichickNew England PatriotsCroatia
Juan CastilloWashington CommandersMexico
Sean DesaiSeattle SeahawksIndia
Aden DurdeDallas CowboysUnited Kingdom
Cristian GarciaWashington CommandersCuba
Joe HoustonNew England PatriotsCuba
Joe JudgeNew England PatriotsIreland
Joe KimNew England PatriotsSouth Korea
Sanjay LalSeattle SeahawksIndia
Paraag MaratheSan Francisco 49ersIndia
Matt PatriciaNew England PatriotsItaly
Mike PellegrinoNew England PatriotsItaly
Ron RiveraWashington CommandersPuerto Rico
Vincent RiveraWashington CommandersSouth Korea
Dean SpanosLos Angeles ChargersGreece
Vinnie SunseriNew England PatriotsItaly
David SzottNew York JetsPoland

 

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