The National Football League has been in the midst of a major controversy regarding many players joining in protests against the national anthem. The protests began with former San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick when he refused to stand for the national anthem in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, claiming the people of color in our country are not treated fairly.
Since Kaepernick’s controversial stance, many have followed his choice to kneel during the anthem. Recently, other players have also publicly came out against the protesting, stating that it is disrespectful towards our government and country.
Tyler Eifert, tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals, wrote an essay revealing why he stands for the national anthem. He made it clear that he is not “questioning anyone’s reasons or right to protest,” but he is questioning their method.
Eifert stated, “I stand because I love my country. I stand because I want to honor the people putting their lives on the line for me on a daily basis in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. I stand because my cousin is a pilot in the United States Air Force, risking his life flying F-15s in active war zones. He takes pride in his job protecting Americans, a sacrifice that all members of every branch of the United States military willfully take.”
In his essay, Eifert also announced that every week he will write a person’s name from the U.S. military on his cleats to honor the people serving our country; after all, these people are why he chooses to stand. For his first game, he chose to write “Pat Tillman,” a former NFL player who chose to leave his professional sports career to serve in the army.
What do you think about Tyler Eifert’s bold stance? Share your thoughts in our Facebook comments. In other sports-related news, NFL star J.J. Watt's hurricane relief fund is at a new record high; meanwhile, his grandma is the talk of the nation.