Who is Antwon Rose Jr.? Fans of the Steelers are curious about the meaning behind the team’s latest helmets. Let’s dive into the reason and impact this has had.

This year, we have witnessed the departure of so many people and a tremendous sense of loss has essentially been inescapable.

Whether we’re talking about the many who have tragically lost their lives to COVID-19, George Floyd, Chadwick Boseman or beyond, it’s important that we keep these individuals in our memories.

Of course, the best way to keep the spirits of those who have passed alive is to honour them.

This can be done silently, or alone. However, sometimes it’s truly heartwarming to see celebrities and known personalities come together to use their platform, highlighting those who never had such luxury.

This has recently been the case with Antwon Rose Jr., who has been honoured by the American football team the Pittsburgh Steelers.

They have displayed his name on their helmets and Steelers confirm that his name will be featured on members of the team’s hats and helmets for the entire 2020 season.

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Who is Antwon Rose Jr.?

  • Antwon Rose Jr. was a 17-year-old African American who was shot and killed in East Pittsburgh on June 19th 2018.

As noted by PBS, Antwon was a passenger of a car which police suspected to be involved with a shooting earlier that day.

While the officers were handcuffing the individual driving, Antwon attempted to flee the scene and was fatally shot by East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld. PBS includes that Antwon was unarmed, as confirmed by the Allegheny County Police Department.

He was rushed to McKeesport Hospital but was later declared deceased.

The same source includes that the office was acquitted of charges of criminal homicide following a four-day trial. In wake of the verdict, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that his mother – Michelle Kenney – expressed: “I hope that man never sleeps at night. I hope he gets as much sleep as I do, which is none.”

Tributes across Pittsburgh, social media and beyond honoured the fallen Woodland Hills High School student and now, the Steelers are stepping up.

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Steelers helmets honour the memory of Antwon Rose Jr.

As mentioned, his name will be worn on the team’s helmets and hats across the season.

The attire was unveiled during the Steelers game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Monday, September 15th 2020.

As noted by the Steelers, the decision came after the NFL (National Football League) allowed players to honour victims of systemic racism with helmet decals.

The source also includes how much it means to his mother Michelle and how she felt upon getting the call from Mike Tomlin, coach of the Steelers:

“I can’t explain it. It was indescribable. It’s my son. And not only is one person on the team going to wear his name on their helmet. They took a vote, and the entire team is going to wear his name on their helmets. How do you even make sense of that? I wish I could give you some adjective to explain, but I can’t do anything but cry…”

She added: “Being on the phone and hearing that the sports team right here in my city wants to represent my son and tell his story, there are no words for that.”

The decision is celebrated on Twitter

As you’d expect, many have flocked to Twitter praise the new adjustment to the Steelers kit and the reasons behind it.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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