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WATCH: All Players Stand, Link Arms for National Anthem in Bears vs. Packers Game

All players on the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears stood and linked arms during the National Anthem Thursday night, with many fans in the stands doing the same at the request of the home standing Packers.

The move was planned by the Packers in a statement released Tuesday night (via ESPN.)

In their statement, the Green Bay players jointly said their locking arms was meant to represent the coming together of people who want, “freedom, equality, tolerance, understanding and justice for those who have been unjustly treated, discriminated against or otherwise treated unfairly.”

“This is about equality,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said, according to ESPN. “This is about unity and love and growing together as a society and starting a conversation around something that may be a little bit uncomfortable for people. But we’ve got to come together and talk about these things and grow as a community, as a connected group of individuals in our society, and we’re going to continue to show love and unity, and this week we’re going to ask the fans to join in as well and come together and show people that we can be connected and we can grow together.”

Watch above, via CBS.

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