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Mahomes, Watson Orchestrate Moment of Unity Before Texans vs. Chiefs Opener

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs players, including quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15), stand for a presentation on social justice before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans took part in a "moment of unity" at midfield ahead of Thursday's season-opening game.

The two teams gathered locking arms following the national anthem in a moment of silence as a message supporting the fight against racial injustice:

NFL @NFL

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

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Texans-Chiefs lock arms in unity before tonight’s season opener https://t.co/noR4cqUlsV

Michele Tafoya reported during the NBC broadcast that quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson helped organize the pregame act.

The teams had reportedly discussed different forms of protest during the week, including potentially staying in the locker rooms during the national anthem, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Players around the league had discussed kneeling during the anthem to continue the act originally started by Colin Kaepernick in 2016. 

Kansas City and Houston decided against taking a knee but still showed their focus on helping end racism.

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