Former superstar NFL quarterback Brett Favre compared anti-Trump, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, best known for kneeling during the US national anthem, to fallen military hero Pat Tillman on Sunday.
Favre went on the claim that Kaepernick was, in fact, a ‘hero.’
As The Hill reports:
Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre on Sunday said that former NFL quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick should be given “hero status” like former NFL star Pat Tillman, who was killed in action in Afghanistan after leaving football to join the Army following 9/11.
“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,” Favre said while speaking with TMZ Sports. “So I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.”
Tillman, who died at age 27 in 2004 after joining the Army Rangers in 2002, had turned down a $3.6 million contract offer from the Arizona Cardinals in order to enlist.
Kaepernick, 32, who once guided the 49ers to the Super Bowl, began kneeling during the national anthem during the 2016 NFL season to protest racial injustice in the United States. He has not played in the league since the end of that season.