DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Broncos players and staff came together Saturday to march for justice following the death of George Floyd. Drew Lock, Vic Fangio and Joe Ellis were among the team members who marched from the State Capitol building to the Greek Amphitheatre.

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock joins his teammates at a protest for the death of George Floyd on June 6, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. This is the 12th day of protests since George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock joins his teammates at a protest for the death of George Floyd. (credit: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

Kareem Jackson helped make shirts for the team to wear which read “If you ain’t with us, you against us.”

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller leads a crowd of thousands on a march at a protest for the death of George Floyd on June 6, 2020 in Denver. This is the 12th day of protests since George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller leads a crowd of thousands. (credit: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

“It’s just all about everybody supporting one another,” said Broncos safety Kareem Jackson. “For us we wanted to come out and support the Denver community.”

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The team joined in chants of “black lives matter” and “peace.”

After a prayer from Jerry Attaochu, Justin Simmons shared a powerful message with the crowd.

“Your voice is heavy, and it matters. Why does it matter? For the same reasons you tell and ask each and every one of these athletes to your sons, to your daughters about what it takes to make it professionally, right? It’s that level of equal ground of ‘he’s an athlete, my son’s an athlete, my daughter’s an athlete. I need you to explain to them what it takes,'” he said.

“We as a black community need our white brothers and sisters to explain to the rest of the white brothers and sisters out there what it means for ‘black lives matter.'”

Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller followed and told the crowd to follow their moral compass.

“It’s always the right time to do what’s right,” he said.

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The group then led protesters on a march through downtown Denver.

“I think this is powerful when you have people come from all different walks of life and you come together as one, and you push hate out and you bring love in,” said cornerback Davontae Harris.

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  1. Mary says:

    I have no problem with peacefully protesting – and none with players who feel a need to add their voices (also peacefully) – perhaps because I’m old enough to remember peaceful protests from the Civil Rights marches and those against the Vietnam War (and some of them got out of hand too – and often the police AND NATIONAL GUARD “got out of hand” as well like the Kent State MURDER of 4 students as well as the injury of 9 others by the National Guard – folks should read the Wikipedia article titled “Kent State shootings” which also mentions other use of lethal force against students).

    I do however have a problem with the STEREOTYPICAL LANGUAGE on the T-shirts. Why would it be so difficult to use the RIGHT grammar? Surely “IF YOU’RE NOT WITH US, YOU’RE AGAINST US” could have been made to fit – and would have left no “wiggle room” for folks who might very well focus on the way the message is presented instead of the validity of the message (and I think it is valid).

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