The NFL announced Monday that it would be switching to a new system for rewarding players who display pink and orange on their uniforms.
The league will start enforcing a new policy in 2017 that requires players to wear their uniforms in a pink or orange color.
The league will not be penalizing players who choose to wear white.
The move is aimed at promoting equality and unity among the players, league officials said in a statement.
“Our goal is to promote an inclusive, inclusive environment for all our players and our fans.
We are committed to ensuring our players, coaches, fans and communities have a chance to experience a variety of colors in their uniforms, and we want to ensure that we give them that opportunity,” the statement said.
The new policy requires players who want to wear uniforms in any color but white to wear a different uniform in any of the eight other possible colors.
The rule applies to the entire league.
“We want to promote unity and respect for all of our players,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in the statement.
“We are committed, however, to encouraging all players and fans to wear the uniform of their choice.”
The move comes amid the fallout from a string of high-profile incidents that have highlighted the racial inequality of the NFL and its players.
In May, former Giants quarterback Eli Manning was suspended indefinitely after he wore a shirt that read “We Can’t Shoot.”
That followed the deaths of six black people at the hands of white police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota.
A week later, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott wore a pink uniform with a black and white striped background that also read “N-E-S-T-Y.”
In August, New York Giants quarterback Odell Beckham Jr. was fined $1.5 million for the shirt that said “You can’t touch me.”
The league also suspended former Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper for the same shirt.
Beckham, a first-round pick by the Giants in 2016, was suspended for the season opener after he threw an interception against the New Orleans Saints and was later fined $2.5,000.
The NFL suspended Cooper for a season for the first time last month after he was accused of assaulting a female teammate.