NFL Players Moved by Experiences on Reservations, Part I
Randall McDaniel stood on the wind-swept South Dakota prairie taking it all in. The streamers fluttered against the fence surrounding the cemetery. The wreaths, tobacco ties and smaller memorials were just bits and pieces to the larger picture.
The sign at the entrance to the mass grave read “Massacre of Wounded Knee.” McDaniel played in 12 straight Pro Bowls during his Hall of Fame career with the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Buccaneers, but nothing prepared him for this moment. The wind blew through the buffalo grass as he looked over the site where the U.S. government’s 7th Cavalry slaughtered hundreds of unarmed men, women and children. Some estimates placed the number of dead at 300.