“What did he inspire?”
NFL analyst and former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann tore into the San Francisco 49ers after the team gave quarterback Colin Kaepernick the Len Eshmont Award.
The team chooses the player “49er who best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont, an original member of the 1946 49ers team.” This 49ers team did not perform well at all:
“This award doesn’t mean anything to me,” said Theismann, who led the Washington Redskins to two Super Bowl appearances, winning one, in the 1980s. “Inspired and courageous? You’re 2-14. What did he inspire? You’re [1-10] as a quarterback [this season]. What [did] you possibly inspire?”
But it goes deeper than that since Kaepernick started a trend of kneeling during the national anthem.
Kaepernick received a lot of criticism when he chose kneel during the anthem. Unfortunately, it caused a trend and others followed his lead. This action has offended Theismann, along with many others across the country:
“The players voted for it,” Theismann said. “You question players at times. They just sort of move along in mass and do this. I don’t agree with what he has done. As a matter of fact, the American flag, and I wear one on my lapel very proudly, no matter where I go, it stands for the right to be able to do the things that you want to do. To be able to stand up and have a difference of opinion and I agree with that part of it. But not when you are on the job. I would like to see the National Football League finally stand up and take a stance and say: as a part of our new policy, going forward, we are going to adopt the same policy that the NBA has. That you will stand for the national anthem.”
But Theismann also had a bone to pick with the NFL over Kaepernick’s actions. He called Commissioner Roger Goodell “wishy-washy” on it while owners, like Kansas City Chiefs owner Cloark Kent, has made it clear that players will stand for the anthem or he will let them go.
Theismann reminds Kaepernick why we stand for the anthem:
“It’s about the veterans. It’s about the veteran memorial. It’s about those who have fought and served and died. It’s about the police officers that defend our lives. It’s more than just an individual. This award doesn’t mean anything for me.”
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