NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre has largely stayed away from making dumb/controversial comments throughout his decades in the public spotlight. However, he can’t say that anymore. Favre had the audacity to compare flag-disrespecting former quarterback Colin Kaepernick to American hero Pat Tillman, who quite the NFL to join the Army. Tillman was killed in combat in 2004. Kaepernick lost his job and then landed a lucrative deal with Nike. So…who’s the real hero here?
Favre told TMZ sports that “I can only think of — right off the top of my head — Pat Tillman’s another guy who did something similar, and we regard him as a hero. So, I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.”
Kaepernick and Tilman should never be mentioned in the same sentence, much less both be called heroes. There is only one hero of the two, and that is Pat Tillman.
In 2000, Tillman broke the Arizona Cardinals record for tackles with a total of 224. In May 2002, Tillman turned down a three-year, multi-million-dollar deal with the Cardinals and instead, prompted by the events of 9/11, joined the Army along with his brother Kevin.
Tragically, on April 22, 2004, Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire while on patrol in a rugged area of eastern Afghanistan.
Then, on the other hand, there is Colin Kapernick, a washed-up backup quarterback that has made millions off of disrespecting the American flag and police officers.
As you may recall, former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick did severe damage to the NFL’s ratings when he began kneeling for the National Anthem before the opening kickoff.
He was protesting police brutality or something … it has never been exactly clear what he was protesting, and he’s been content to not clarify his position in the ensuing years.
His kneeling started a controversy that would eventually include many more players in the protest.
Kaepernick drew praise from social justice warriors and the media. He was featured prominently on magazine covers and received awards for his supposed courage.
The Anthem protestors hit a climax when President Trump urged the owners to fire players who disrespect the American flag. Trump said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He’s fired. He’s fired.”
Teams around the League banded together to protest the president’s comments. Even more players knelt for the Anthem, locking arms in a show of solidarity.
How powerful. That really showed Trump.
However, ratings for NFL games declined drastically that season in large part due to the anti-flag protests.
It isn’t surprising that the ratings declined because it turns out that if you disrespect the flag, Americans are going to tune out.
Last season, the ratings rebounded because there were far fewer flag protests.
Surely, no one would pay Kaepernick for disrespecting America, right?
Nike signed Kaepernick to a lucrative contract to endorse their products. The marketing campaign slogan was titled: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
How brave of him. Apparently sacrificing includes getting an endorsement deal worth millions of dollars.
If that is sacrifice, then sign me up.
Kaepernick is no hero. It has become in-vogue to claim that he has been vindicated by the recent killing of George Floyd and ensuing conversation on racism in America.
I don’t believe he has vindicated. He is still the same American hating mediocre quarterback that he was before recent events, and he always will be.
Pat Tillman deserves better than to be compared to a man who is famous for disrespecting the flag that he died for.