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Texans Remain in Locker Room for National Anthem Ahead of Opener vs. Chiefs

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorSeptember 11, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs players stand during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Jeff Roberson/Associated Press

The Houston Texans stayed in the locker room for pregame ceremonies prior to their 2020 NFL season opener at the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

That included the playing of the American national anthem and "Lift Every Voice and Sing," a song known as the Black national anthem. An NFL-produced video in support of social justice was also shown:

NFL @NFL

It takes all of us working together, side-by-side, to create the future of football. #ItTakesAllOfUs https://t.co/oMeSvFYOzh

The Chiefs were on the field for most of the pregame ceremonies, interlocking arms on one of the goal lines in an end zone for the video and "Lift Every Voice and Sing." 

Kansas City Chiefs @Chiefs

It takes all of us. https://t.co/duLF86ajhb

Herbie Teope @HerbieTeope

Chiefs locking arms in unity as video “It takes all of us” plays in the stadium followed by “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. https://t.co/WnJYoWCvWM

They then went back to the locker room. In that interim period, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt revealed the team's Super Bowl championship banner before introducing Kansas City back onto the field.

Kansas City Chiefs @Chiefs

Run. It. Back. 👊 https://t.co/4IXGBuEGUM

After a break, the American national anthem played, with most Chiefs either locking arms on the sideline or standing with their hands on their hearts as performers Chloe and Halle sung while wearing T-shirts honoring Breonna Taylor and George Floyd:

NFL @NFL

.@chloexhalle perform the National Anthem before #Kickoff2020. https://t.co/aMS45Di8qX

Reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce locked arms side by side. Chiefs linebacker Alex Okafor knelt with his fist raised.

The Texans stayed inside their locker room and arrived at the field after the anthem. After a brief moment, Kansas City and Houston gathered at midfield for a pregame show of unity in the fight for social justice:

NFL @NFL

A moment of silence dedicated to the ongoing fight for equality in our country. #ItTakesAllOfUs https://t.co/srC0SlnWdh

Some of the 17,000 fans in the Arrowhead Stadium stands booed during the show of unity, prompting Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports to tweet the following:

Terez A. Paylor @TerezPaylor

Yeah, so that booing during the “show of unity” is a real good example of why players feel so strongly about these causes in the first place.

Afterward, the two teams kicked off the 2020 season.

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