Dan Quinn, Eric Dickerson, Philadelphia Eagles among those to share MLK appreciation

People gather for events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday in Memphis. (AP)

On the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, NFL personnel took time on social media to recognize the contributions of the civil rights leader.

One of the most notable recognitions for King on Wednesday was from Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn. King was born and raised in Atlanta.

Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson expressed his appreciation for how King’s efforts opened up opportunities in his own life.

Tight end Ben Watson, who recently signed with the New Orleans Saints and was a Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award finalist this past season, took part in the MLK50 Conference in Memphis in which Christians discussed “the state of racial unity in the church and the culture.” 

According to Zach Berman of Philly.com, the Philadelphia Eagles took out an ad in both of the city’s main newspapers to recognize King. The Eagles, the defending Super Bowl champions, have been progressive when it comes to their players protesting for social issues.

The NFL Players Association not only recognized King’s contributions to racial and cultural causes, but also what he did for workers. When King was assassinated, he was in Memphis because of a sanitation workers strike.

Colin Kaepernick, who has become well known for kneeling during the national anthem to bring attention to social causes such as police brutality, hadn’t tweeted anything directly about King as of Wednesday evening. But he did retweet this message about King:

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