As much of America continues to grapple with the racial revolution that is rippling throughout our nation, there has been plenty of talk about former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick’s last few seasons in the NFL saw him pulling some shift work off the bench for the San Francisco 49er’s, with no real starting-job prospects knocking on his door. Yet still, the second-stringer was about to be a household name on account of his activism, and his signature protest: Kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem.
The maneuver was not taken kindly by everyone in America, with a great many NFL fans boycotting the league on account of their unwillingness to force Kaepernick and others to stand.
And while Colin Kaepernick is no longer in the NFL, the memory of his protest still haunts a great many of these football fans, and a recent comparison made by league legend Brett Favre has set Twitter ablaze.
In a recent interview with TMZ, the former Packer legend went in-depth on his reasoning for believing that Kaepernick deserves heroic status for his protests and movement.
“It’s not easy for a guy his age — black or white, Hispanic, whatever — to stop something that you’ve always dreamed of doing, and put it on hold, maybe forever, for something that you believe in,” Favre explained.
“I can only think of right off the top of my head, Pat Tillman is another guy that did something similar,” Favre said. “And, we regard him as a hero. So, I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.”
Social media users were irate over the suggestion.
WTF DID I JUST READ??
COLIN KAEPERNICK IS A HERO LIKE PAT TILLMAN?
Brett Favre has lost all respect! https://t.co/g6sWWqujU8
— Brandon Tatum (@TheOfficerTatum) June 21, 2020
Brett Favre thinks Colin Kaepernick is a hero like Pat Tillman.
Tillman gave up fame and fortune to serve in the military, and he paid the ultimate price.
Kaep called cops slave catchers, wore pig socks and praised Castro. It's an insulting comparison. https://t.co/uMu4uRazXd
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) June 21, 2020
Sacrificed his rising NFL career to join the army after 9/11.
Sacrificed what little of an NFL career he had left to disgrace the flag Pat Tillman lost his life for.@OANN, I hope you can do a story on this since the fake news media won't!
— Bobby Eberle (@BobbyEberle13) June 22, 2020
It appears as if @BrettFavre played with a concussion too many times. Pat Tillman volunteered to fight in a war, Colin Kaepernick pouted after losing his starting position on a football team during the national anthem. Colin Kaepernick then tried to not look like a spoiled brat
— Daddy Dale (@Fatfartrunning) June 22, 2020
Should the NFL play in 2020, which isn’t a guarantee on account of COVID-19, there will undoubtedly be a plethora of players taking a knee during the anthem…will Brett Favre consider them all heroes?