Standing for the national anthem is one of the most patriotic traditions that the majority of Americans follow. During an interview, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was pushed on whether or not “the thought has crossed his mind,” to protest the national anthem.
In light of other NFL players choosing to sit or kneel for our country’s national anthem, the question is an important one. During an interview with Yahoo Sports, Prescott responded, “No, not at all,” when asked if he had thought of protesting. He continued by saying, “I mean, it’s bigger than I think some of us think.” Prescott concluded that, “It’s just important for me to go out there, hand over my heart, represent our country, and just be thankful and not take anything I’ve been given and my freedom for granted.”
There is no doubt that there could be backlash for Prescott’s unwillingness to get on the politically correct bandwagon. Though, he isn’t the first person on the Dallas Cowboys team who has decided to go against the liberal grain.
According to Sports Day, the owner of the Cowboys, Jerry Jones, explained that he is against the mass protesting we have seen lately. The interview took place on a radio station, 105.3FM The Fan.
“I just feel so strongly that the act of recognizing the flag is a salute to our country and all of the people that have sacrificed so that we can have the liberties we have,” Jones stated. Jones and Prescott seem to feel blessed by their situation and feel that the least they can do is show their pride in the United States.
Jones went on to explain that everyone should look at our flag in a proud way. He confirmed that he likes the way the Cowboys treat the flag.
Prescott’s and Jones’s interview questions were the result of the way people have been sitting and kneeling during the pre-game national anthem, which was initiated by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The former quarterback claimed that he was kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality against minorities, this contention based on one story. Instead of using his money to support the family and hold a charitable event, he decided to protest one of the main symbols of our country.
In that sense, many other football players have done the same thing. Ironically, Kaepernick, who started it all, is still unemployed. Many Democrats claim that the reason he doesn’t have a job is due to his protest. They may only be half right.
In actuality, it might be the fact that he devolved into a mediocre quarterback at best, and now he has a lot of baggage attached to him that most teams simply do not want to deal with on a regular basis.
Now, stars like Dak Prescott are showing that they don’t care about why everyone else is protesting. Prescott understands that his current situation is a blessing, and he has this country and his talent to thank for that.
While Kaepernick may never find a job in the NFL again, it seems as if hard working Americans will never have an issue keeping their position on the field. Maybe, just maybe, there is something to this trend.