Chiefs, Texans lock arms in pregame show of unity
The Houston Texans remained in the locker room for the national anthem prior to the 2020 season opener at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday night.
After the anthem was completed with the Chiefs on the field, the Texans trotted out from the stadium tunnel and briefly went to their sideline.
The two teams, led first by quarterbacks Deshaun Watson of the Texans and Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs, walked from their sideline to midfield for a planned “moment of unity.”
The public address announcer called for the limited crowd at Arrowhead Stadium to observe a moment of silence. Mahomes waved his hands to quiet the crowd.
With head coach Andy Reid to his right, Mahomes locked his left arm with Watson’s right arm. J.J. Watt stood next to Watson, also arms locked, and their teammates fell in formation in a straight line from end zone to end zone for less than 45 seconds.
NBC Sports sideline reporter Michele Tafoya reported on the TV broadcast of the first game of the NFL season that the idea was formed after Watson and Mahomes discussed a joint protest before the game.
–Field Level Media