NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has announced that 90% of active NFL players have registered for the upcoming election. Goodell added that several teams reported that 100% of their players registered to vote.
Goodell's most recent report is part of the the league's larger "NFL Votes" initiative. Through this initiative, the league hopes to educate and inspire players, fans and the American public about the process of voting.
"We're launching NFL Votes to inspire everyone in the NFL family—including our fans—to participate in the civic process by getting registered to vote and ultimately exercising their right to vote," Goodell said.
The program was created in response to player concerns that emerged over the summer. In June, a number of NFL stars including Patrick Mahomes and Saquon Barkley issued a public service announcement against police brutality. After their PSA was released, the league and player representatives engaged in discussions about how they could create change moving forward.
"When meeting with players and legends to listen to the things they're passionate," Goodell added.
NFL stars like Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson and Todd Gurley have also issued PSAs regarding voting as well. Current and former NFL quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes and Michael Vick have also joined voter rights groups like More Than A Vote.
As Election Day nears, the NFL will continue to ramp up their voting efforts. On November 3, all team facilities will remain closed in an effort to allow all players the opportunity to vote.
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