Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards says the United States needs to emulate a key part of football -- the huddle -- to come together and have some frank discussions in the wake of George Floyd's death and the ensuing protests that have taken place throughout the country.

"It's one thing to have a conversation, but who are you having a conversation with? This is an uncomfortable conversation for a lot of people," Edwards told ESPN's Golic and Wingo on Tuesday. "And I think this is where sports is so unique: the huddle. And when you think about the huddle in football or in life, people come from all different walks of life and different beliefs. But they come in there, and they have this conversation of what it's gonna take to be successful -- not only as a football team, but in life. And I think until we can get groups together and have a conversation, communicate, then we always run to our corners and say, 'This is what it is.'

"We gotta get together. We gotta huddle up as a country and talk about these issues so we can progress."

Protests throughout the United States have been held following the May 25 death of Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis policeman pressed his knee into his neck for more than eight minutes even as Floyd pleaded for air and stopped moving. The demonstrations have turned violent in several cities, including fires being ignited in Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, and several cities have enacted curfews to curtail gatherings.