Arkansas football coach Sam Pittman recently attended a peaceful protest in Fayetteville.
Following the death of George Floyd, protests have broken out across America and many figures in the world of sports have participated. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
Now, you can add Pittman to the list. He attended a Tuesday night rally in the city he calls home.
— Tim Heilman (@Timothy_Heilman) June 3, 2020
— Nikki Chavanelle (@NikkiChavanelle) June 3, 2020
“I wanted to go. You can tweet about stuff, take a picture,” Pittman told the media, according to Pig Trail Nation. “But actions are strong and I felt like for me the best way to address the situation was to go be a part of what could be a solution.”
Pittman on protest “ I wanted to go. You can tweet about stuff, take a picture. But actions are strong and I felt like for me the best way to address the situation was to go be a part of what could be a solution.”
— Pig Trail Nation (@PigTrailNation) June 3, 2020
I told you all to get used to seeing more and more coaches doing this and I turned out to be 100% correct.
Strong WVU presence in today’s peaceful protest in downtown Morgantown:
Oscar Tshiebwe, Gabe Osabuohien, Larry Harrison, Dante Stills, Jeffrey Pooler, John Flowers, Neal Brown among those in attendance: pic.twitter.com/G3DJ2mcv6W
— Joe Brocato (@joebrowvm) June 2, 2020
Jim Harbaugh, sporting a maize and blue mask, took part in an anti-police brutality march in Ann Arbor this morning.
— Aaron McMann (@AaronMcMann) June 2, 2020
Whether you like it or not, football coaches have a special role to play in the current situation unfolding in America.
They are the leaders of young men, mold young minds, and can lead by example when it comes to attending peaceful protests. Millions of fans in their respective states look to them for leadership.
They 100% need to be front and center.
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Hopefully, more and more coaches step up and lead from the front of the pack. When it comes to healing America, football coaches have a unique power that should be used.
Props to Pittman for showing people how to do it the right way.