Unique start to the NFL season for the Packers
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - The Packers got the win U.S. Bank Stadium over the Vikings on Sunday, but the victory just part of the story of the game.
The contest played without any fans and the strong memories of George Floyd and the social justice campaigns his death started.
The Vikings had a moment of unity pregame in honor of George Floyd. The Packers chose to stay in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem and ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ saying in a state “to not distract from their message that they stand united for racial justice and social equality”.
“Coach always talks about team first," says Jaire Alexander. “That is something as a team, we all wanted to do and we stood together and stuck by it.”
“It kept the focus on what it was,” says Davante Adams. “If you get out there and guys kneeling and guys are not and it (the message) gets hijacked. We didn’t anybody to take off with it and give a new meaning to what we were trying to do.”
As for playing in an empty stadium, the Packers say it was an unique atmosphere.
“I think it was one of the strangest experiences I have had in the NFL”, says Aaron Rodgers. “To be in a stadium like this and have some memories of some really rockin' times. I think about last year, we are playing for the division and how electric that atmosphere was. The first time we opened the stadium up a few years ago as well and the noise this place can generate. It was a lot different.....strange.”
“This is one of the toughest buildings to play in the National Football League, there is no question about it”, says Matt LaFleur. "The fans here are extremely loud and they support their team. It was different, it felt different when you went out there in pregame and there is nobody around. "
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