COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — For the 2020 season-opener, Maryland Football players will debut new name-plates on their jerseys, helmet stickers and warm-up shirts to make personal statements about the fight for racial justice.

The University said student-athletes will have the option to replace their names on their jerseys with various expressions of solidarity, including Equality, Unity, Respect, Justice and Empathy.

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“At the University of Maryland, we are focused on supporting our student-athletes, allowing them to start important conversations on critical issues and amplifying their voices,” Athletic Director Damon Evans said. “This Saturday we will introduce student-driven initiatives as our players will make personal statements about the fight for justice. It fills me with great pride to see the passion our student-athletes have, to take a stance and be vocal about issues that matter to them.”

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Players will also have the option to wear warm-up shirts with the same expressions and two others, “I Got Your Back” and “Speak Up.”

A helmet sticker designed by student-athletes will express solidarity through the phrase “One Terp.”

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The Terrapins open their season on the road Saturday against Northwestern. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

CBS Baltimore Staff