The NFL is donating $1 million to the new memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. on the Mall.
The monument was scheduled to be dedicated Sunday, the 48th anniversary of his "I Have a Dream" speech, but the ceremony was postponed to the fall because of Hurricane Irene.
The contribution from the league and NFL Charities will help the foundation behind the memorial to reach its goal of raising $120 million.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, "We in the NFL believe that professional football is the ultimate meritocracy. NFL players are measured strictly by their performance on the field regardless of race, religion or economic background."
He added, "In the spirit of Dr. King, we work vigorously to maintain an inclusive environment where everyone can reach their fullest potential. We are proud to have our name associated with Dr. King."