The National Football League has responded in an awesome way to fans critical of their decision not to include an ad placed by American Veterans in their Super Bowl Sunday program.
The ad was a tribute to soldiers nationwide, even worldwide, both past and present, encouraging fans attending the game to express their patriotism by standing with veterans when the national anthem played.
That full-page ad, depicting a veteran and the words #PleaseStand, was designed to counter the #TakeAKnee movement that spread through the league this last season, in which players knelt during the national anthem to protest racial inequality. The NFL has suffered sagging TV ratings this season because of it, as much as a 10 percent drop, according to Fox News.
The NFL rejected the AMVETS submission, explaining that the Super Bowl is not the place to express political messages. When fans learned of this, the NFL suffered a severe backlash.
But now, after the outpouring of criticism from fans angry that the NFL rejected the #PleaseStand ad, the NFL has decided to do something truly cool.
On Super Bowl Sunday, when the captains of the Patriots and Eagles meet at midfield with the referee to conduct the coin toss ceremony, they will be accompanied by some high-caliber Americans.
Medal of Honor recipients. One of them will be Hershel “Woody” Williams, 9, who fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. He will be joined by other Medal of Honor recipients as well.
“The NFL is proud to honor our Nation’s heroes at Super Bowl LII,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “These courageous individuals deserve to be recognized on America’s biggest stage. We are grateful for their service to our country and we are pleased to continue the NFL’s longstanding tradition of hosting special tributes to service members at the Super Bowl.”
What do you think of this? You’re invited to join the veterans in standing for the national anthem on February 4 during the Super Bowl. Join the conversation on our online forum.
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