The NFL will celebrate players' and coaching staffs’ cultural origins this season with its NFL Heritage program, with all 32 teams represented.
Across Weeks 7 and 8, more than 330 players and coaches will return to the field wearing international flag decals – with players adding flags to their helmets and coaches wearing patches on jackets – to represent the growing pool of various nationalities and cultures that make up the NFL.
Fans will see 70+ nations and territories represented by athletes including Tua Tagovailoa, Fred Warner, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Puka Nacua, Chris Olave, DJ Moore, Jimmy Garoppolo, Aaron Jones, Efe Obada and Jordan Mailata, among others, as well as coaching staffs across 17 clubs including head coaches Bill Belichick, Arthur Smith, Ron Rivera, Brian Daboll, and more.
“As we continue to prioritize the NFL's growth globally, we're proud to have our players and coaches honor their backgrounds through the NFL Heritage Program," said Peter O'Reilly, NFL Executive Vice President Club Business, International and Events. “This initiative allows us to celebrate the heritage, families and cultures that make up the fabric of the league, and truly showcases the growing global reach and impact of the sport of football and the NFL."
Participants can choose to wear the flag of an international country or territory where relatives have been born or where they've lived for over two years. Players will wear these flag decals alongside the American flag and are able to represent their backgrounds throughout the remainder of the season.
“My grandmother was born and raised in Samoa, and recently left us in 2021," said Puka Nacua, Los Angeles Rams wide receiver. “To be able to represent our family's heritage and feel like she is here with me on the field is the most incredible thing. I'm proud to play for all of our Samoan fans out there and can hopefully inspire future generations of Samoan athletes."
The complete list of participating players and coaches, alongside countries or territories they are representing, can be found here.