Last month President Trump called for football fans to boycott N.F.L. games unless the league fires or suspends players who refuse to stand for the national anthem, saying that players must “stop disrespecting our flag and country.”
And seems like NFL Boycott is working. Look at all the empty seats below!
Empty stadiums are a huge deal to the NFL. Yes, most of the money comes from TV contracts, but when fans aren’t at games it has a detrimental impact on the product. It sends the message that people don’t want to have anything to do with them in person.
But what one player did during the National Anthem shows there is a hope after all!
33-year-old NFL player Larry Fitzgerald was on the sidelines viewing the flag ceremony when he saw an Airman’s hat fall off. The Airman could not let go of the flag to put his hat back on, so Fitzgerald decided to step up and help. He showed respect for the flag and for the soldier when he ran onto the field to put the hat back on the head of the soldier.
Via Newsday: “[Fitzgerald] has 31 catches, 361 yards and five touchdown receptions through five games — the same number of touchdowns as the entire Jets team. But when you listen to NFL people discuss the Cardinals receiver, it quickly becomes evident that he is more than merely a still-productive wideout for a man his age. He is among the most respected players in the NFL on and off the field.”
“Asked Friday to tell a Fitzgerald story, Jets coach and former Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles smiled and said: ‘I don’t have any bad ones. Larry’s one of those guys who you look up his past and everything else and it looks squeaky clean — as far as I know. Larry’s been nothing but great to me . . . He’s a very giving person off the field. He’s very respectful, a very competitive guy on the field works at it, very intelligent. He and Brandon [Marshall] are similar that way. But I don’t have anything bad to say about Larry.’”
Great to see Fitzgerald and others still have heart and respect for others. This is what we need- positive role models, not diva players dividing the people. Fitzgerald is what all of the NFL should look to! Generous, kind and admirable. Other players need to learn from this man and his amazing honor he showed when placing the hat back on the soldiers head. He is a man!