Brian Flores' words are still resonating with one of his former players.
The Miami Dolphins head coach delivered a powerful statement Saturday following the recent murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
New England Patriots defensive backs and twin brothers Jason and Devin McCourty began their "Double Coverage" podcast Sunday night by discussing Flores' statement, with Devin -- who spent several years with Flores in New England -- lauding the former Patriots assistant for using his platform to deliver such a strong message.
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"He holds a position that falls right into that category (of representing the entire NFL)," McCourty said on the podcast. "A position that as players, as people who watch football know: We need more black coaches, we need more black GMs, we need more people in that position. So, to see him be outspoken -- and knowing him personally, he's always been like that -- to me was great to see.
"It's about leading men. It's about men seeing the important things. We don't just come to play football. We're around each other, we mentor each other, we try to pour into each other. So, to see him go out there and make it public and say how he felt I thought was really good."
Flores, who is one of just three black head coaches in the NFL, pointed out the hypocrisy of people being outraged by police officers killing black men and women but also taking offense to Colin Kaepernick's protests several years ago.
Devin strongly agreed with Flores in that sense.
"Look at Kaepernick. A couple years ago, people were going crazy. ‘This guy is this, he’s that,' " Devin said. "Then, the irony of a man losing his life because a knee is in his neck and now, all of a sudden, people are like, 'Oh man, let me take an extra second to listen to what Kaepernick said in an interview about why he took a knee and why he did a silent protest.'
" .. It’s like, if you ever stopped and listen to what he was doing and his true message, it would have never gotten to that point and you would have never talked about the military. You would have never talked about the flag. You would’ve understood he was talking about freedom."
Devin and Jason McCourty have showed support for Kaepernick over the years and are active members of the Players Coalition, which seeks to make progress toward ending social injustice and racial inequality.
Devin said he's had coaches reach out to him following Floyd's murder last Monday asking how they can "get involved with some of the work we've done in the past."
"Just to see people's eyes open -- it stinks that it had to be because of George Floyd's sacrifice, because he got murdered in cold blood, that people's eyes are really open now ... (but) to see some people's eyes open can lead us to create that change."
Check out the McCourtys' full discussion below: