Rodney McLeod Believes Eagles Teammates Will Join Him in Peaceful Anthem Protest in 2020

Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney McLeod during a game against the Washington Redskins.
Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney McLeod during a game against the Washington Redskins. | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

NFL players have been some of the most outspoken public figures in the fight for racial justice that's gaining traction across the country. Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney McLeod is one of many who plan to bring back peaceful protests during the national anthem in 2020.

McLeod also participated in peaceful protest back in 2017 alongside teammate Malcolm Jenkins by raising his right fist during the national anthem. He said he expects to resume such actions this season, and expects his teammates to join him and show solidarity for racial justice.

Jenkins may not be an Eagle anymore, but several other players have been vocal about police brutality in the United States recently, and we'd expect them to protest with McLeod. Quarterback Carson Wentz and tight end Zach Ertz posted statements on social media after the wrongful killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. DeSean Jackson and other black players have been involved in discussions with the entire team as well that inspired more white athletes to speak out.

McLeod and the Eagles have also been active off of the field. The safety marched alongside teammates, including Jenkins, in the Philadelphia protests, and he also signed a letter to Congress asking for the end of qualified immunity for police officers.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has made it clear that he supports players' peaceful protests this season, so it's full steam ahead for McLeod and the Eagles.