Kaevon Merriweather realized in 2020 “what kind of influence that you can have” as an athlete. Along with being a leader on Iowa’s defense on the field, he’s been using his voice off the field to advocate for racial equity.
At all seven home football games this year, 15 to 20 Black Iowa players knelt during the playing of the national anthem. There was no apparent booing or heckling of them. If anything, they got more support from fans than they expected.