Last night, the New England Patriots stomped the Atlanta Falcons, 23 to 7. But before that, star quarterback Tom Brady put his pre-game routine on hold to recognize the men and women of the U.S. military. It was a class act all the way. There were approximately 200 members of the military that were honored on the field just before the game. Both Brady and wide receiver Chris Hogan paid their respects by giving high-fives to those honored.
Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona and special teams player Matthew Slater came up with the plan to invite the members of the military to the game. Cardona is also an active member of the U.S. Navy. It was a small gesture that meant the world to the military and to the fans. Brady’s message was crystal clear. They support the military, no doubt about it and it’s great to see.
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The special recognition has gone viral and is getting tons of attention. It contrasts starkly with the NFL players who still insist on taking a knee during the National Anthem. While those players are protesting what they see as racial injustice, Brady and others are honoring America and her heroes. Poll after poll shows that Americans overwhelmingly find kneeling during the National Anthem offensive. More and more bleachers are sitting empty at NFL games because fans have had enough of this crap.
Although I consider NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to be a spineless weenie, he made a statement for the league. He made it clear that the league wants players to stand for the National Anthem:
“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”
However, he later clarified that the NFL would not punish players who continued to kneel. So, there go his giblets. It doesn’t matter, if the NFL doesn’t stop the disrespect, the NFL will cease to exist. It’s good to know that there are still patriots in the NFL like Brady, Cardona and Slater who love their country, flag, National Anthem, military, police and first responders. Well done, Mr. Brady… well done.