Lions honor Oxford shooting victims with helmet stickers and shirts
The Detroit Lions will honor the memory of those killed in a school shooting in Oxford, MI that claimed the lives of four students and injured seven people.
On Tuesday November 30, tragedy struck Oxford High School in Oxford, MI. A student opened fire on the school and on the student body and faculty, killing three classmates and seriously injuring another who later died from his injuries. Seven other people were also injured in the shooting
The shooting hit the Detroit Lions near their home, which is about 40 minutes outside of Michigan City. To commemorate those who lost their lives and those who will be forever marked, the Lions plan to honor the victims of the Oxford shooting with a helmet sticker for the city.
As of Friday, several Lions players had a gold “O” decal placed on their helmets. The colors of Oxford are blue and gold.
The Lions will also host a minute of silence before their Sunday game against the Minnesota Vikings.
âJust as a starting point, we’re going to have t-shirts, we’re going to have hats made, we’re going to have decals on the backs of helmets,â Lions coach Dan Campbell said. âWe’ll definitely have a moment of silence before the game, but these guys are on our minds. And so we want to represent them on Sunday. I know there will be a group of students, children and affected people watching this game. Right now, that’s the best way to help them.
The Michigan Wolverines also plan to honor the Oxford community by wearing a crest on their jerseys during their Big Ten Championship game on Saturday.
Detroit Lions Honor Oxford Shooting Victims With Helmet Sticker, T-Shirts & More
The Lions as a team and as an organization will remember the tragic and unspeakable loss the community felt after the Oxford shooting. There will also be other memorabilia in Detroit from a particular player on the roster.
Week 13 also happens to be the week players will wear specialty cleats for the NFL’s My Cause My Cleats campaign. Each season, NFL players have the opportunity in Week 13 to share their advocacy with the world by artfully designing cleats for a cause they believe in.
Lions safety Tracy Walker will wear cleats on Sunday in honor of her beloved cousin, Ahmaud Arbery. Arbery was shot and killed in 2020 by three white men who believed he was a burglar in the area as Arbery jogged the neighborhood.
On Sunday, Walker and his Lions teammates will join in supporting those affected by the Oxford tragedy, with a variety of equipment demonstrating the devastating effects of gun violence across the United States.