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This morning, it was reported by Adam Schefter that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a league-wide memo that announced the official acknowledgement of Juneteenth as a holiday. League offices will be closed Friday June 19, the day on which Juneteenth is celebrated.

“Juneteenth, celebrated annually on June 19th, commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States,” says Goodell. “Though the Emancipation Proclamation, made effective by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863 declared that all persons held as slaves be freed, slavery persisted throughout the course of the Civil War. It was not until two and a half years later, on June 19th, 1865, when Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas and declared the war to be over, that all those enslaved became free.”

The NFL joined Nike, who announced Juneteenth as a staff holiday on Thursday. With more and more prominent brands following in line, some believe it won’t be long until Juneteenth is officially a federal holiday.

Now on to the links.

Rams News:

Stu Jackson reports that the Rams have officially ended their virtual offseason program (TheRams.com)

Cameron DaSilva reports on the Rams’ backup QB situation (The Rams Wire)

Cameron DaSilva highlights DB Terrell Burgess and the work he’s putting in to learn every spot in the secondary (The Rams Wire)

Scott Pianowski dives into the value of TE Tyler Higbee in fantasy football this year (Yahoo Sports)

NFL News:

Bryan DeArdo ranks the top-5 Super Bowl defenses of all time (CBS Sports)

Texans head coach Bill O’Brien will kneel with his players this season (Bleacher Report)

Tim Daniels reports on the Browns and DE Myles Garrett have started discussing his new deal (Bleacher Report)

Josh Alper talks Mitch Trubisky and his thoughts on the Bears trading for Nick Foles (Pro Football Talk)

Jenna Laine dives into how Bruce Arians plans to “reignite the fire” in QB Tom Brady (ESPN)

NFL Nation ranked every teams continuity from 2019 to 2020 (ESPN)