The NFL has been one of the top sport programs in the nation for a long time. Famous players, games, plays, and the stories are all the reasons why people love watching football. Some things that alter some of these fans from loving the games aired every week is because of protesting athletes. Some support it, some hate it. But, one thing is for sure is that it gets a whole lot of attention and reactions.
In recent years players have been questioning authorities and government by protesting during the national anthem pre-game ceremony that is specifically for the support of our country but more importantly our troops. While we have players protesting an issue outside of showing pride for our country this triggers many people to believe their protest is against the entire country while also disrespecting the ones that sacrificed their lives for our country’s fate. There have been many suggestions, explanations, and ideas for players that tries to eliminate what it looks as disrespecting our country to get their point across. By players continue to express their feelings it has caused some effect to the NFL fanbase. In the article,” The Fans Who Say They’re Walking Away from the NFL” there are many people that express their feelings about this ongoing occurrences from both sides. Jim Coletti explains how he completely stopped watching his long time favorite team the Pittsburgh Steelers, because the entire team didn’t come out of the locker room for the national anthem. He explains his view upon that strategy of protesting.” I am of the opinion that this is quite possibly the worst way to go about protesting. If you want to hold a rally at Heinz Field to allow your players to voice their opinions, that would be fine.”(Paragraph 2) I have to say I agree with this statement because if you’ve known anybody whose has served or if you were to imagine being a veteran and the only time you are truly being appreciated in front of the nation is completely neglected by a team, that wouldn’t feel good at all. Also, I believe rally’s would be better for the players and the NFL industry itself. One reason why I believe that is because it would inform the people who don’t know why they were kneeling or raising a fist. Not only that, but it would clarify that the players are not trying to disrespect the veterans for their sacrifices. Bottom line when it comes to football, in my opinion, 90% of the viewers watching are watching because of the game and if you want to protest an issue, I would suggest to leave the flag and anthem out of it because the message the player is trying to send can be put out another way with just enough viewers to see without disrespecting the men who have sacrificed everything for us.