Sports Writing, September 28 (EFE) .- Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL, announced this Wednesday that the league will celebrate the international diversity they have achieved, which includes 55 countries, during weeks four and five of the 2022 NFL season.
“The NFL prides itself on the wide collection of nationalities and heritages of its players across the league. We recognize the many cultures they represent and the excitement they bring to their hometown fans that help grow our game,” Goodell said. .
There will be 206 players who will participate in this celebration wearing a sticker with the flag of their country or nation that connects them to their origin on the back of the helmet, next to the United States.
The player-led initiative seeks to showcase the NFL’s global impact and recognize the impact nations around the world have had that have contributed to each of its teams.
Thanks to this, fans will see more than 50 nations and territories represented.
Players may choose to use the flag of an international country or territory alongside the American flag if they have lived there for two years or more, or if they have a parent or grandparent born there.
Among the league’s most prominent figures to participate in the initiative is Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, who is the son of a South Korean mother.
“I’m proud to play with the South Korean flag 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,” Murray boasted.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa also appeared happy to extol his Samoan origins.
“I’m proud to represent my heritage with the Samoan flag on my helmet. My family and culture are very important to me. Our name means everything and it’s an honor to be able to represent my Samoan heritage as an NFL player. ” Tua said..
Among the Mexicans who will be part of the celebration are Will Hernández, guard for the Arizona Cardinals, as well as Alfredo Gutiérrez, of the 49ers, and Isaac Alarcón, of the Cowboys, members of their respective teams’ practice squads.
The Chicago Bears forward, Brazilian Cairo Santos, is also notable; Chilean Sammis Reyes, tight end on the Commanders practice squad, a position similar to that of Spaniard José Joaquín Arcega-Whiteside on the Seattle Seahawks.
New Orleans Saints kicker Chris Olave will carry the Cuban flag because of his father’s ancestry, as will Eddy Piñero, the son of a Cuban, who plays for the Bears.
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