Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Tyler Eifert promised to honor fallen retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn on his helmet Sunday and, under the league’s new policy allowing players to display names and messages, Eifert did just that for the Jags game against the Colts.
Dorn, who served the St. Louis police department for 38 years, was shot and killed June 2 while responding to a burglar alarm at his friend’s pawn shop. “Great win to start the season. Love being a part of this new team and community,” Eifert said on Twitter. “It was honor wearing David Dorns name on my helmet today!”
Eifert, in his first season with Jacksonville after coming over from Cincinnati, had one catch for eight yards in the Jags 27-20 comeback win over the Colts.
Colts head coach Frank Reich made headlines before the game as he was the only member of the Colts team to take a knee during the national anthem. The team released a statement stating Reich’s kneeling “is not a posture of defiance but rather one of humility – taken by the white community – to acknowledge the injustice and inequality that is present and to find the courage and resolve to make the changes needed.”
Two men have been charged in the murder of Dorn. “I knew a lot of people who knew Captain Dorn and I never heard one ill word said about him,” St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell said at the funeral. Dorn was 77.
Eifert has been pretty clear where he stands on the anthem and honoring those who serve the public. “I stand because I love my country,” he wrote in 2017. “I stand because I want to honor the people putting their lives on the line for me on a daily basis in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
— Tyler Eifert (@tylereifert) September 14, 2020