For Lenny Moore, the Hall of Fame Baltimore Colts running back, the
controversial #taketheknee protest was a reminder of being one of only a few black
players on the team.
Sunday before the Ravens-Steelers game began, Moore stood at a tailgate near the Ravenswalk eating a plate of beans and
macaroni salad and posing for pictures with fans who recognized him. "I've been in this game a long time," he told The Sun’s Colin Campbell (@cmcampbell6). "When I came into the league, there were places I couldn't go and things I couldn't do. ... You
had to be cool. You couldn't run your mouth." Moore recalled a conversation he'd had with Jackie Robinson, who broke
the color barrier in Major League Baseball. "I said, 'Jackie, you were the only black [player in the league], how did you do it?'" he said. "He said, 'Lenny, honestly, I don't know.'" The NFL has changed a lot over the years, he said, but the protest and the reaction of the fans who threatened to burn jerseys and stop supporting for the team showed that some of the same underlying problems remain. "Everybody knows it's a race issue," Moore said. "It's always been a race issue. It hasn't left." (📷 by Christina Tkacik/Baltimore Sun)