Tyler Eifert has a history of standing up for what is right…literally.
The star player has announced that he is displaying David Dorn's name on his helmet this year in honor of the slain retired St. Louis police captain.
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Fox News broke the news just yesterday:
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Tyler Eifert will pay tribute to David Dorn on his helmet this year in honor of the slain retired St. Louis police captain, according to a report on Monday.
Dorn was shot and killed while trying to protect his friend’s pawn shop, Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry, during the early hours of June 2 when the city was experiencing protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody. Dorn had served 38 years with the St. Louis police.
"Got some very good news from former @Bengals player/current @Jaguars player @tylereifert that he will honor fallen police officer David Dorn on his helmet," tweeted Hamilton County Republican Party Chairman Alex Triantafilou, on Monday. "Always been a fan of Tyler’s and God bless him!"
Triantafilou did not elaborate on which games Eifert will be honoring Dorn this season, or what the tribute will entail.
The NFL announced in June it was planning to allow players to have decals on the back of their helmets bearing names or initials of victims of systemic racism and police violence.
Last month, New Orleans Saints players, including quarterback, Drew Brees were seen wearing the name of Jacob Blake, who was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis., and is currently paralyzed.
Players can choose either a name of a victim or one of four preferred phrases the NFL has approved: “Stop Hate”; ”It Takes All Of Us"; “End Racism”; or "Black Lives Matter.’” The same choices are available for coaches and on-field officials.
Eifert has done the right thing again.... Do you remember back on July 4 when he said this?
Washinton Examiner shared more:
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Tyler Eifert will pay tribute to slain former St. Louis Police Department Capt. David Dorn.
Eifert will honor Dorn on his helmet, according to Alex Triantafilou, the chairman of the Hamilton County, Ohio, Republican Party.
Sports leagues, including the NFL, NBA, and NHL, have canceled games in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake while a growing number of athletes are choosing to kneel during renditions of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
In a 2016 article, Eifert explained his decision to stand for the national anthem, saying it was a way to honor the armed forces.
"I stand because I want to honor the people putting their lives on the line for me on a daily basis in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard," he wrote, adding, "I stand because my cousin is a pilot in the United States Air Force, risking his life flying F-15s in active war zones. He takes pride in his job protecting Americans, a sacrifice that all members of every branch of the United States military willfully take."
CNN shared more on the tragic murder of David Dorn, a retired police captain that was mudered by a looter in June.
A retired police captain fatally shot during looting in St. Louis was passionate about helping young people and would have forgiven those behind the violence on the city's streets, his son says.
David Dorn, 77, was killed while responding to an alarm at a pawnshop overnight Monday, St. Louis Police Department announced in a news conference Tuesday.
"Throughout the night, we made 25 arrests for various charges. And then there were 55 businesses and counting that were burglarized and had property damage," St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden told reporters.
"One of those businesses had one of our retired captains, retired captain David Dorn, who retired after 38 years. During the looting process, David Dorn was exercising law enforcement that he learned here."
Chief Hayden said Dorn had been "a fine captain" who had been very well-liked and looked up to by many of the department's younger officers.
CNN affiliate KTVI reported that Dorn had been killed around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, dying on the sidewalk in front of the pawn store he had been providing security for.
St. Louis Regional Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to $10,000.00 for any information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible.