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NFL Legend Reveals How Anthem Protesters Would Have Been Handled In The Good Ol' Days

Things were different in the old days. We’ve all heard that expression thrown out more times than we can remember, and we may have even used it ourselves a time or two. Fact is, things were quite different, and we can apply that little pearl of wisdom to all sorts of circumstances. A retired NFL legend did just that during a recent interview, and he explained how one of the NFL’s biggest sources of drama would’ve been handled back in his playing days. As Fox News Insider shares, the legend was referring to the row that Colin Kaepernick has created.

Kaepernick remains without a job as another season gets underway, and there’s a school of thought that suggests he’s being blackballed from the league due to the fact that he refused to stand for the national anthem last year. Now that there’s actual football being played on the field, the debate has become slightly muted, but Kaepernick advocates insist on still trying to make it into a thing. The topic came up during a recent interview that former player Franco Harris had with Mediaite.

As Harris sees it, there’s a better time and a place for Kaepernick and others to be making their statements.

“If someone has a certain stance that they want to take, that’s fine,” he said. “When he puts on that suit, when he steps out on that field, now it’s more than just him. It's his teammates, it's the NFL, and it's the fans."

That’s an incredibly fair point. Fans that show up at the stadium and tune into NFL games are doing so because they want to see the action on the field. The personal feelings of a quarterback with a declining skill set aren’t exactly at the top of the mind while changing channels or purchasing tickets. Kaepernick is attempting to make a point. By doing so, he’s forcing his personal beliefs and feelings onto others. By extension, he’s making a spectacle of himself and making it appear as if what he has to say takes precedence over all of the preparation that his team has undergone for the week’s game.

Is that really fair? Most grounded folks would suggest that it’s not. Kaepernick is more than welcome to go out and raise awareness about issues he’s passionate about, but it would be lovely if he could do that on his own time. After all, he wasn’t being paid millions of dollars to make statements. He was being paid to play a game. Harris feels that Kaepernick’s teammates would handle things differently in his era.

“We had two of the meanest guys in football, who I think would’ve dealt with it that way, and that would’ve been Joe Greene and Jack Lambert," he continued.

As for Kaepernick, he continues to present himself as some kind of martyr, but he’s had opportunities presented to him. The Baltimore Ravens were pretty close to signing him, but social media posts from the former player’s girlfriend that depicted the club’s owner as a slave owner led the team to find better uses for its money.

Source: Fox News
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