Cardinals stand, lock arms for national anthem; Cowboys briefly kneel, then stand

Posted at 5:41 PM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 00:50:16-04

The Arizona Cardinals stood and locked arms near the south end zone during the playing of the national anthem before Monday night's game vs. the Dallas Cowboys at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald locked arms with coach Bruce Arians and team president Michael Bidwill as Arizona resident Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem nearby in the south end zone.

After the game, Arians said the decision to lock arms came from the players. "That's all over. I coach football. I'm not a politician," he said.

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Before the anthem, the Cowboys -- including team owner Jerry Jones -- came on to the field and locked arms, then briefly took a knee to a chorus of boos before returning to the sideline. 

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell applauded both teams.