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Psst...NFL Player - Whether you Want it, Like it or Not, You Are Some Kid's Hero, They Watch You and They Do, as You Do

Updated on February 7, 2018
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Ignore the in-my-face obvious issues and lend all of my attention to unwarranted, groundless non-issues? Not happening!

Please, no more of this!
Please, no more of this!

A Sad and Sickening Display

Many of us loyal football fans were sickened, when we began witnessing members of many NFL teams, disrespecting America by 'taking a knee'.

We had hoped that no one from Our Team would go there, but then, they did!

Teams which many of us have loved and followed, since we were kids with heroes, had players follow suit. Teams that we've stuck with through thick and thin, through the wonderful winning Seasons, but also through the stressful struggling ones.

That's what Fans do!

When this all began in 2016, many thought that the disrespectful display by one lone player, Colin Kaepernick, 'taking a knee' during the National Anthem, was a fleeting thing, a little tantrum on his part and would be properly dealt with and put to rest.

After Sunday's sad display, 9/24/17, a year later, it is very clear that this has not been put to rest, far from it.

For many, this has gone far beyond feeling sickened by it, to feeling moved to turn off and tune out and we have!

Kids are watching too and they respond to what they see and what they hear.....that which is in front of them, in these cases...their role models and heroes.

You know that things have gone too far, when you see the little guys, Pop Warner kids:

  • acting and doing as their role models
  • mimicking their heroes
  • taking a knee, thinking that America isn't worthy of their respect or of their attention, not even for just a few short minutes

What are they learning from the sports figures that have made the choice to do this?

What Statement is made by kneeling, sitting or whatever... during the National Anthem?

Is the National Anthem not a time for reflecting on America?

A time for remembering the sacrifices of the many, to provide us with this opportunity to reflect on America, {not because we have a gun to our heads and are forced to by some Dictator, but rather because...WE DON'T} due to the selfless sacrifice of many, over many decades.

  • People of all colors, races, ethnicities and religions have lost limbs, many are bilateral amputees
  • Many have lost their eyesight or their hearing
  • Many have lost their minds and so have lost their way
  • Quality of Life has been lost by many, due to too much time away from their loved ones
  • Many have lost their Lives

Defending that glorious Flag...inspired by that rich and meaningful National Anthem...which belongs to All of us, To All Americans!

Those wishing to make a Statement about what they see as unfair treatment in America, have many choices (after all, this is STILL America):

  1. Have a Press Conference
  2. Go before Congress with a list of your grievances (the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, just after the part about "peaceable assembly"..."petition the Government for a redress of grievances.")
  3. Write an Op-Ed
  4. Hit all of the Talk Shows and make your case
  5. Don't play football for the NFL or on any other team which makes you feel oppressed

On the turf, in your uniform, about to do the job that you once dreamed of doing and now are doing, in the presence of your fans; men, women and children that support you, root for you, admire not the time or the place!

By doing this, you are disrespecting your fans, America and ALL that have fought, all that are fighting present day and all that made the greatest sacrifice of all, with their Lives.

You are not accomplishing a thing, you're only losing support, you are losing fans and you are giving your Teams a bad name.


Be Adults.

NFL, NBA, MLB Players, Hollywood, Politicians.... like it or not, whether you've asked for it or not, you play a vital role in many kid's lives.

Will they grow up realizing that the horizon is wide and their opportunities vast or will they grow up with a giant chip on their shoulder?

Will they look at you and say "I can do that, I'm disciplined, I'm capable" or will they look at you and say "Why should I even bother?"

Take the high road!

They are looking to you, many have no love or support in their homes, you are all they have and it doesn't matter if you accept it, it is a fact.

Do the right thing.

Borrowed from SOUNDING BOARD

Last year I made the decision to boycott NFL games, I didn't make a big deal out of it and I did not ask anyone to join me.

It was a personal decision.

In addition to what I saw as blatant disrespect toward this Country and toward all that Defend her, I also thought about the impact that this defiant Act would have on kids.

Sports figures are role models and the young and impressionable are always watching and observing.

When Colin Kaepernick made the decision to 'take a knee' during the National Anthem, it really hit a nerve with me, as I know it did with many.

When others followed his lead and it began to spread throughout the league, into other sports, eventually making its way into youth sports, it angered me.

I knew that not a single positive thing could or would come from it!

Here we are in the pre-season of a new year and it has already begun, many players, once again, choosing to sit it out, take a knee, huddle up, once again, turning their backs on America, during the National anthem.

When I read the story of the High School football Coach, fired for taking a knee, for no other reason than a simple Prayer of Thanks at the end of a game, it got me to thinking...

What if each time I witness, a player 'taking a knee', 'sitting it out', 'turning their back', I think of Coach Kennedy, fired for the defiant act of...Giving Thanks...and what if, I say a prayer, in his stead?

Whether it be a prayer of Thanks, a prayer for clarity or a prayer for those Defending our Rights, I will be offering a prayer that this Coach has been deprived of offering.

My focus will be on something positive and hopefully, something positive will result!

What if all of America did the same?

Where do we go from here?

What I'd prefer, is for this inappropriate display to discontinue and for America's game to be just that...a game!

A time when we put the stress and strain from the week behind us, fire up the grill and put our kids and grandkids into the jersey of what we hope will some day be their favorite team. Then with friends and family, we enjoy one of our favorite pastimes, rooting for our favorite teams and for our favorite players.

IF that cannot happen, because a few will not allow it to happen, then each time they choose to 'take a knee', I'm going to take the advice shared and offer a prayer for healing of our Divided Nation.

Taking something negative and divisive and turning it into a positive!

Could say...Praying it Forward!

Gauging the current situation

How has this 'Display' affected you?

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© 2016 A B Williams


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      A B Williams 4 months ago from Central Florida

      Some members of my team made the choice to 'take a knee' to the next level.

      It was sad enough when they did this last year on American soil, (pictured above) today they've done so on foreign soil, during the playing of Our National Anthem!

      To dig the knife in a little deeper and make sure the World knows how they really feel about their Country, they honored England by standing up for their Anthem.

      I am so done, the Miami Dolphins are no longer my team!

      (I will continue to say a prayer for America, each time I hear of any person on any team, doing this)

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      A B Williams 5 months ago from Central Florida

      Praying it Forward!