Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and safety Tyrann Mathieu are using their on-field influence to make an impact in this fall's upcoming elections. Head coach Andy Reid announced during a press conference Wednesday that the star duo is working to create a voter registration effort.
With racial justice movements gaining attention throughout the league right now, this seems like the perfect time for NFL players to become more involved in social and political causes. Players have access to millions of Americans through their massive platforms and social media followings, and they have the opportunity to make a real difference.
Mahomes and Mathieu have been vocal proponents of the Black Lives Matter movement, particularly since the wrongful killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Both players were featured in a video of NFL stars calling on the league to take a stronger stand for racial justice, as well as for players who choose to protest peacefully before games.
Voting is the most fundamental component of American democracy. It's the voice of the people, from average citizens to the biggest professional athletes in the country. Mahomes and Mathieu are setting a great example for their fellow players about how to use their platforms for good.