The focus of Sunday's NFL games seemed to be more on politics than on football. Dozens of players opted to kneel during the national anthem, and others refused to make an appearance on the turf until the song was finished.
A protest that started with Colin Kaepernick in 2016 gained extreme momentum after President Trump directly challenged the players over the weekend. In the last three days, influencers on both sides of the argument have been speaking up about the protests to share their opinion.
Yesterday, Nike became the first official NFL sponsor to voice their opinion. Now, an NFL legend and playmaker is speaking out.
John Elway, a former quarterback, currently serves as the executive vice president of football operations and the general manager of the Denver Broncos.
On Tuesday, Elway said that he believes everyone should stand for the national anthem and for the flag.
He said, "I’m one that believes in standing for the national anthem, and I’ve always believed that. I believe that this is the greatest country in the world. We are very fortunate to live here, but it’s obviously not perfect. There are a lot of things that need to be corrected, and we will continue to work on those things."
"I’m one that really believes in standing for the flag," he continued. "I understand the players and the way they felt from the comments that were made earlier in the week. They felt they had to go down and kneel and that’s up to them. Hopefully as we go forward we can start concentrating on football a little bit more."
Elway finished his statement by looking to the future. He said, "Take the politics out of football. But I think that last week was a good show of unity by the NFL and hopefully this week we can move forward."
Elway's comment has already been receiving a lot of feedback, both positive and negative. Because about half of the Denver Broncos' roster knelt during the national anthem on Sunday, many are questioning if Elway will do anything to reprimand his team.
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