October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Arizona State football team is doing its part to raise awareness and put a stop to domestic violence.
Members of the team posed for photos holding pledges to help stop domestic violence, posting them to social media and making a stand to combat the issue.
“I pledge to help stop domestic violence because the women in my life made me who I am,” wrote ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly, in a photo he posted on his Instagram account.
I Pledge to Help Stop Domestic Violence because "The Women in my life made me who I AM" #asuagainstabuse
“I couldn’t dare to see my mother go through it,” read another pledge posted on the ASU football Twitter account.
Several other players jumped too.
“I pledge to help stop domestic violence because everyone has a voice to be heard,” wrote offensive lineman Chip Sarafin.
Domestic violence has been an issue heavily discussed in football during recent months as high-profile off-the-field issues have plagued football players.
Former Ravens running back Ray Rice was cut by Baltimore and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after video surfaced of him striking his then-fiancée on an elevator. Soon after, the Carolina Panthers placed Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy on the NFL’s “exempt list” while allegations of domestic violence get sorted out.
Other players like Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson have entered the arena as activists. Wilson, through an article he wrote for The Players’ Tribune, released his “Pass the Peace” campaign last week, using social media in an attempt to get people to donate $2 to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
“The idea behind Pass the Peace is simple: It’s a promise. I’m sharing my love for you. I want to take care of you. I am here for you,” Wilson wrote in "Let's Talk About It."