New England Patriots tight end Matt Lengel has been using his platform as an up-and-coming NFL player to highlight something that has significant meaning to him: Supporting police offers.

Specifically, Lengel has used his Twitter account to acknowledge police officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Lengel’s father, Brian, is a retired police officer, ESPN reports.

“I’ve always looked at my dad as my hero, still to this day, and it’s not really until you get older that you realize just how dangerous it is what they do,” Lengel said last week. “I think it takes a very special person to do what police officers do. I don’t think police officers choose to do what they do. I think it chooses them.”

This past week, Lengel wrote about how his “heart breaks” after learning of the murder of New York police officer Miosotis Familia.

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