Tight end Tyler Eifert took the time to express his patriotism and love of country in an essay that received little to no coverage from a sports media that is awash with racists, radicals, and devotees to America-hating heel Colin Kaepernick.
Eifert’s essay which he published on Medium is entitled “Why I Stand” from which I excerpt:
I know it would probably be best to stay out of it, but when you believe in something as much as I do it gets to a point where you want both sides to be heard.
I am not questioning anyone’s reasons or rights to protest, but instead the method. This entire protest about raising awareness for racial inequality has gotten lost in the media and turned into a debate about whether to sit or stand for the national anthem. I want to take this time to remind everyone why I stand.
I want to take this time to remind everyone why I stand.
I stand because I love my country.
I stand because I want to honor the people putting their lives on the line for me on a daily basis in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
The entire essay can be read HERE.
Mr. Eifert makes it a point to say that he respects the malcontents (I don’t) as a gesture from a guy who has class.
As I said in my explanation, I respect my fellow players right to kneel during the national anthem. https://t.co/7qRA8pwB8G
— Tyler Eifert (@tylereifert) September 9, 2017
He also pays tribute to former NFL player Pat Tillman who selflessly gave up his football career in the aftermath of 9/11 to join the special forces in order to fight for his country. He wrote Tillman’s name on his cleats for the first game of the season.
He also drew attention to veterans suffering from PTSD (which the media could care less about) and promoted K9s For Warriors which provides highly trained service dogs to veterans suffering from this terrible affliction.
He’s a class act and a good role model unlike so many other of the overpaid jerks in the NFL.
There are probably some who will call him a white supremacist or a Nazi for what he wrote, they are out there and they aren’t happy that their stupid national anthem protests are beginning to peter out with Kaepernick still without an NFL job.
Again, I excerpt from Eifert’s marvelous essay:
When you look at what is happening all over the world today, as a fellow professional football player, I am in awe of Pat Tillman’s courage. In 2002, he walked away from millions of dollars and a “dream” most people couldn’t imagine achieving to do one thing, fight for his country. Pat wasn’t fighting for himself, he wasn’t fighting for one group vs. another; he was fighting for Americans.
Fast-forward 15 years, it’s sad to see where we are today. Divided. In this world of turmoil, I still believe in one thing strongly and that’s the flag and everything our country was built on.
As I stand for the national anthem, I don’t want there to be questions of why I am standing or if I will kneel. I want there to be a clear understanding of why I stand. I want there to be a clear understanding of why I respect our flag and why I love our country.
Fast-forward another 15 years and hopefully we will all be able to look back at these years unified with pride to be Americans.
A real stand-up guy and a welcome contrast to the buffoons who sit on their asses, take a knee or thrust their clenched fists into the air while the Star-Spangled Banner is being played.