Steelers players Chase Claypool, Larry Ogunjobi, David Anenih, and Chukwuma Okorafor will wear flags on their helmets Sunday to represent the countries where they are from or where their parents were born.
The move is part of the NFL’s International Diversity celebration that will take place over the next two years. The decal for flags is something that represents the player’s culture or nationality. Players can wear a decal of the American flag, of a country they lived in for more than two years, or of a country where a parent or grandparent hails from.
Claypool will represent his home country of Canada. Hailing from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, Claypool is one of the players who lead the recent Canadian revolution to the NFL. The NFL’s increase in Canadian-born players is helped by trailblazers such as Claypool.
Ogunjobi, Anenih, and Okorafor will all wear the Nigerian flag on their helmets. Okorafor was born in Ibadan, Nigeria, and lived in Africa until the age of 13 when his family emigrated to the United States. Ogunjobi’s parents are Nigerian and immigrated to the United States. Anenih is in the same boat as Ogunjobi, as his parents are Nigerian. However, Anenih’s parents still live in Nigeria even to this day.
The Steelers players will wear the decals for the next two weeks as part of the NFL’s celebration of global influence within the growing international NFL circle.