The Browns will be joined by police, firefighters, EMTs and members of the U.S. military in a show of unity before Sunday’s NFL opener against the Steelers, ESPN.com reported.
Players, city officials and team executives confirmed that the first-responders will accompany the Browns as they run onto the field before the game, according to the report, which said a special video will be shown before the national anthem, “aiming to express solidarity with the community and stress the importance of diversity and equality.”
“We absolutely and completely understand,” Shanks told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s not a different reaction than what we had prepared ourselves for internally at Fox Sports. We discuss it. We talk about what happened then. What type of person is Mike is now? What debt has he paid to society? We still believe it’s the right thing to do.”
Fox Sports announced last week that Vick had been hired as a studio analyst for “Fox NFL Kickoff,” the show that leads into “Fox NFL Sunday.”
Vick retired as a Falcon in June, though his tenure in Atlanta infamously ended in 2007 after a felony conviction for facilitating a dog fighting ring resulted in him serving 21 months in federal prison for his involvement.
Vick, who served as a coaching intern with the Chiefs last month, has said he wants to be a coach at the NFL level in the future “but right now isn’t the best timing for it.”