Michigan State players are expected to wear black silicone wristbands bearing the slogan "All Players United" in their game at Spartan Stadium today against Minnesota.
Michigan State is one of nine FBS schools to which the wristbands have been distributed. They are black silicone, similar to the wristbands popularized by the Livestrong movement, and bear the words "All Players United" in white on one side and "APU" on the other.
All Players United is a college athlete-run effort to push for college sports reforms that will lead to greater protections for athletes. It is coordinated through the National College Players Association, an advocacy group made up of current and former college athletes.
Ramogi Huma, the NCPA's director, said a Michigan State player told him that he had handed out the bands on Friday and that his teammates like them and will be wearing them in their final home game. "In general," Huma said Saturday, "they like the idea of connecting with other players and showing some form of unity."
What the bands look like, courtesy of Northwestern quarterback and APU representative Kain Colter: