Christian Author: Nancy W. Boyer

PLAY FOOTBALL…HONOR YOUR COUNTRY

 

Football players make extremely high salaries…more than many CEO”s and other professionals.   This is the country that gave them the opportunity to be the best at what they do…play football.   Why it is hard to be thankful to those who spent hours teaching and training them in a free environment that has given this privilege, is hard to understand.   Politics aside….just LOVE your country….PLAY your best ball…and keep politics or personal “beefs” out of it.

Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva …who served three tours in Afghanistan,

It appears that the fans and those who buy football paraphernalia may feel the same way, according to the recent article by Greg Norman.

“Football fans across America were clamoring for the jersey of Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva on Monday, a day after the former Army Ranger broke team orders by being the only player to come out of the locker room for the national anthem. Villanueva, who stood alone while “The Star-Spangled Banner” was being played Sunday in Chicago, currently has the #1 selling jersey on the NFL’s web store, ahead of top players including Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Derek Carr.

“Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team,” Tomlin said when asked about Villanueva ignoring the order and coming out for the anthem.

Tomlin added the intent was to have his team focus on the game and not President Trump’s comments blasting players who chose to protest during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“Many of them felt like something needed to be done. I asked those guys to discuss it and whatever they discussed that we have 100 percent participation or we do nothing,” Tomlin said after the game. “They discussed it for an appropriate length of time and they couldn’t come to an understanding, so they chose to remove themselves from it. They were not going to be disrespectful in the anthem so they chose not to participate, but at the same time many of them were not going to accept the words of the president.” Villanueva, who served three tours in Afghanistan, decided to stand his ground instead and placed his hand over his heart while the anthem played. He has not spoken publicly since Sunday’s game.

One of Villanueva’s teammates, Cam Heyward, said “We support our guy Al. He feels he had to do it. This guy served our country, and we thank him for it,” Heyward told ESPN. Tomlin said Sunday that the team is not “politicians” but “coaches and professional athletes.”

My husband is the big football fan in this household, but we just came back from talking to a Korean War (Conflict) vet, who just about had his legs amputated because they were frozen.  His shoes were so worn that they flapped when he walked.  Men died all around him. Just as the surgeons were preparing him, they said for him to stand up just one more time. That was when the miracle happened.  He felt a rush of blood fly through both legs, saving them from the knife.  He believes God gave him a chance to do much more in life, which he has done. He could have died for his country or been an invalid the rest of his life.   He said that he can no longer watch T.V. programs on war.

It is my opinion that he may also have to decide if he will watch football if there is no more respect by some players for the National Anthem of his beloved America.  Head Coach, Mike Tomlin, said he wanted them “to be respectful to the team”.  I would challenge that by asking if respect for the team’s overall wishes takes priority over respect for the country?  It appears that we are mixing up freedom of speech (or political dissent) with rights and privilege for something we can never regain if it is lost…RESPECT FOR COUNTRY.

Thank you, M. C. and Alejandro.  You probably know something about the real love of country more than any of us.  Thank God because of you and the veterans of all wars, the fighters against terrorism and all patriots that we have a free country in which to PLAY BALL.

Post Comment:   Since writing this “thank you” to Alejandro, he seems to want to play down what he did that was right…coming out and standing for the National Anthem.  NO,  You did not “throw your teammates under the bus.  You honored your country.  Don’t do a dishonor by trying to resend what you did in order to go with the flow or be politically correct.  In Afghanistan, you would have stood alone if you had to in order to do what you thought was right.  Fortunately, you probably had a unit in your Army Rangers that would die, if need be, for their country.  I’m not sure about your football team.  Thankfully, their choices are not a matter of life and death.

VIDEO (Turn up sound)   The True Story of why Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner

 

All the verses, that you may not have heard, of our National Anthem.

 

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