Jacksonville Jaguars’ tight end Tyler Eifert made a bold move to support law enforcement officers while many of his colleagues in the NFL continue to kneel or remain in the locker room during the playing of the National Anthem.
Eifert, who played all 16 games last season with the Cincinnati Bengals, honored fallen police officer David Dorn during his Sunday game against the Colts.
Got some very good news from former @Bengals player/current @Jaguars player @tylereifert that he will honor fallen police officer David Dorns on his helmet. Always been a fan of Tyler’s and God bless him!
— Alex Triantafilou (@ChairmanAlex) August 31, 2020
As the Daily Caller reports, Eifert had Dorn’s name written on the back of the helmet he wore when his team won their divisional match-up versus the Indianapolis Colts.
“Dorn was a retired police captain who was murdered at the age of 77 during the riots in St. Louis this summer in June,” the Daily Caller adds.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 14, 2020
Jacksonville Jaguars star Tyler Eifert wore David Dorn's name on his helmet today.
Dorn was a retired police captain who was murdered during the riots in St. Louis. This was a 100% pure class move from Eifert. pic.twitter.com/ZTJRyTqZBL
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) September 14, 2020
The Daily Caller described the decision as a “100% pure class move” to honor the police hero killed by a suspected looter:
While the rest of the league might want to debate other shootings and kneel for the anthem, Eifert took a stand for a true hero.
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David Dorn did nothing wrong other than simply exist during a riot, and he was savagely killed. Why didn’t more players wear his name?
In all seriousness, this is an incredibly brave move from Eifert. To honor a police officer in an era where it’s not popular at all in sports is about one of the bravest things you could do.
Hear more about Dorn’s story below:
Many people thanked Eifert online:
Thank you my brother!Chief Dorn was a great person! I have been saddened that folks rarely speak about him or honor him. You changed that. Many thanks!!🙏
— Carlos Fernandez (@CFDEZ_CG) September 14, 2020
Thank you Tyler! Mr Dorn served our city with dignity and pride. He deserved better. Say his name. pic.twitter.com/tqpOJ6jY17
— RIP Lou! (@Gibby_45) September 14, 2020
Thank you for doing that! The NFL has lost me as a fan today but I will still support you for doing the right thing! Wish you would have come out if the locker room but can’t have my cake and eat it too! GO IRISH! Good luck!
— illuminatus (@ILLuminatus2683) September 14, 2020
— 🏛Architectolder (@Architectolder) September 14, 2020
Thanks Tyler. You are now a very special player for me now. All the best this season!
— Will Creek (@GoooBluuuue) September 14, 2020
— Christine Sarracino (@ChrisMSarracino) September 14, 2020
Thank you for recognizing a hero!
— Patriot For Trump (@Tdoug70) September 14, 2020