When the Washington Football Team takes the field on Sunday for its first game of the 2020 NFL season, quarterback Dwayne Haskins will wear a sticker on his helmet that carries a lot of weight.
The 23-year-old passer has decided to wear a decal reading 'Davon McNeal' on the back of his helmet. McNeal was fatally shot in Washington, D.C. at the end of a stop-the-violence cookout organized by his mother. He was 11.
McNeal played youth football and had dreams of growing up playing in the NFL. Haskins, who was once in those footsteps -- a young boy with NFL dreams -- felt a connection to McNeal.
"I remember when I was 11, couldn’t imagine losing my life and my family," Haskins tweeted. "Prayers up, rest in heaven young king."
On Friday, Haskins posted a picture of the helmet with McNeal's name on it on his Instagram story.
The NFL has allowed players to wear such decals honoring victims of violence, racial injustice, and police brutality. Additionally, the league has painted 'end racism' in the back of each end zone to raise awareness of such issues in America.
Haskins is not the only athlete that has, or will, honor McNeal. Los Angeles Lakers guard and DMV native Quinn Cook wrote McNeal's name on his shoes during the team's first game in July after McNeal's death.