Joe Judge gave his players the option of canceling practice on Wednesday, as the Detroit Lions had on Tuesday, to take a stand and send a socially conscious message.
Judge’s players chose to keep practicing and instead speak loudly with sweeping social justice action they’ve been planning and taking already in the local community.
“We had a big discussion as a team,” defensive tackle Leonard Williams said Wednesday about the decision not to cancel practice. “Something we’ve all thought about as a team is we wouldn’t want to take away opportunities from guys trying to make the team, since there’s already less opportunity for them without preseason. It’d be kind of hard for them to be seen if we’re taking it away from them even more without having preseason.”
“So it’s kind of a hard dilemma with that going on,” Williams added. “But we saw what happened with Detroit and we were inspired by it, and we want to do something about it and something similar to it. And that’s why I wanted to share what we’ve been doing as team in our community.”