WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- In an interview with TMZ Sports, National Football League (NFL) Legend Brett Favre said that former NFL player Colin Kaepernick could be regarded as a “hero” for his efforts against police brutality and social injustice.
- Favre likened Kaepernick to Pat Tillman who was still in his prime when he decided to forego his NFL career in 2003 and join the Army.
- Favre said of Kaepernick: “It’s not easy for a guy to stop something that you’ve always dreamed of doing, and put it on hold, maybe forever, for something that you believe in.”
National Football League (NFL) Legend Brett Favre said that former NFL player Colin Kaepernick should be treated as a “hero” like Pat Tillman, the former NFL player who left his career to join the US Army in 2002 and died while serving in Afghanistan in 2004.
In an interview with TMZ Sports, Favre said that Kaepernick’s efforts to stand against social injustice and police brutality in the country was a resemblance of Tillman’s decision to leave football and serve the country through military service.
“It’s not easy for a guy his age — Black or white, Hispanic, whatever — to stop something that you’ve always dreamed of doing, and put it on hold, maybe forever, for something that you believe in,” Favre, told the outlet when asked if he thinks Kaepernick was worthy to be inducted at the NFL Hall of Fame.
“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,” he said.
Kaepernick, 32, spearheaded the #TakeAKnee movement in 2016 when he kneeled during the national anthem ceremony before the game as a peaceful protest against racial inequality and police brutality.
His action earned criticisms from people who mistakenly thought that it was meant to disrespect the flag and the troops. But recently, Kaepernicks’ #TakeAKnee movement gained reborn support over the death of George Floyd, the 46-year-old Black man who was brutally arrested by Minneapolis police — as a White officer kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes which resulted to his death.
Kaepernick played for six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, but starting 2017, he has not played in an NFL game after opting out of his contract.
Meanwhile, Tillman was still in his prime when he decided to suspend his NFL career in 2003 and join the Army alongside his brother, according to the Pat Tillman Foundation. He was partly motivated by the September 11th terrorist attacks.
“At times like this you stop and think about just how good we have it, what kind of system we live in, and the freedoms we are allowed… A lot of my family has gone and fought in wars and I really haven’t done a damn thing,” Tillman said after the attacks, his foundation shared.
Tillman died in April 27, 2004. He was killed in a friendly fire.