FOXBORO (CBS) — Usually earlier than a recreation, the New England Patriots conclude their warmup about 30 minutes earlier than kickoff and head into the locker room to make ultimate preparations. On Sunday, forward of their 2020 season opener, the Patriots made it some extent to take a detour earlier than heading in.
On the conclusion of the group’s pregame warmup, gamers and coaches stood collectively alongside the purpose line. As soon as they had been in line, the NFL’s kickoff video performed on the video display, that includes narration by Antony Mackie main in to Alicia Keys’ efficiency of “Raise Each Voice And Sing” — the tune broadly generally known as the Black nationwide anthem. Robert Kraft and Jonathan Kraft stood with the group, as nicely.
The Patriots remained on the sphere till the conclusion of the video, at which level they headed in to the locker room as a group.
The Miami Dolphins — the Patriots’ Week 1 opponent — had headed in to their locker room previous to the video being performed. Gamers and head coach Brian Flores launched a video earlier this week stating that they’d stay of their locker room for the enjoying of each nationwide anthems this season.
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Shortly earlier than kickoff, the Patriots emerged from the locker room and stood on the sideline whereas the nationwide anthem performed over the stadium sound system, whereas the Dolphins remained of their locker room and emerged from the tunnel shortly after the tune concluded.