After taking a knee during the national anthem in protest last season, Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas is going to work with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) to affect change.
According to the Sun Sentinel, the opportunity is part of the NFL Players Association’s externship program and will consist of Thomas shadowing Jackson Lee in Washington, D.C., something he began doing this week.
“It’s not every day you get to learn from hands-on experience at this level of politics,” Thomas told the Sun Sentinel. “I am afforded this opportunity, and I am here to learn as much as I can while representing those who may feel voiceless in our communities.”
He added he’s “excited” to forge connections with Congress “to further engage our efforts to create real change in our communities.”
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While the externship only runs a few weeks, he hopes to learn what Congress and the city of Houston’s “high-level priorities are” and how resources are being allocated.
“I’ve got a daughter, and she’s going to have to live in this world,” Thomas told Business Insider in reference to the protest. “And I’m going to do whatever I got to do to make sure that she can look at her dad and be like ‘Hey, you did something. You tried to make a change.'”
NBC News reported Los Angeles Chargers offensive lineman Cole Toner and Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann will also be on Capitol Hill with Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), respectively.
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