Brett Favre Interview
Brett Favre recently had an interview with TMZ. In it, he compared Colin Kaepernick and his fight for social justice to Pat Tillman leaving the NFL and joining the army and dying for his country. Saying that both men gave up their career for something greater.
Favre believes that eventually Kaepernick will be thought of as a “hero”. In the interview he said “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. I can only think of right off the top of my head, Pat Tillman is another guy that did something similar and we regard him as a hero. So I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.”
Kaepernick and Tillman
Colin Kaepernick forfeited his NFL career with the 49ers to become a free agent, at the end of the 2016 season. The 49ers say that he would have been cut anyway at the end of the season for financial reasons. When Kaepernick left the team it isn’t entirely clear that he was walking away from a football career because his agents were active in trying to get him on another team.
After returning from his honeymoon in the spring of 2002, Pat Tillman announced to the Cardinals that he would be leaving the team to join the army with his brother Kevin. They joined the army that July and committed to serving for three years. They were assigned to the second battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Lewis, Washington. Together they served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2003 and 2004. They fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. On April 22, 2004, Tillman was providing cover for his fellow soldiers when his unit was ambushed traveling through a canyon in Afghanistan and he was killed by friendly fire.
“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 havenít done a damn thing.”Pat Tillman
What Makes A Hero
A hero is selfless, noble, courageous, and loving. A hero serves to protect others knowing that they may lose their life in the process. A hero does not quit until the job gets done and makes sure everyone comes home alive. A hero is an American soldier. A hero is Pat Tillman.
Colin Kaepernick is far from a hero. He is entirely self-serving. He is a football player who was marginal at best and wanted attention. So he figured he’d pull a stunt on the field and discredit the honor, memory, and service of every American soldier and veteran. What he did, and continues to do, is a big slap in the face to every soldier and their families. If he truly cared about black people and poor communities, as he claims, then he would do more than kneel for the national anthem. How does disrespecting the country that has given you everything, including the freedom to kneel for the anthem, help anyone?
To say that Kaepernick is even remotely close to Pat Tillman is a disgrace to Tillman, his life, and his death. Brett Favre, you are wrong.
Dear Colin Kaepernick
Kaepernick, you have the freedom and privilege to do what you did because of every sacrifice made by every American soldier who fought and died for you to live free. Just because you have the freedom to do something, doesn’t mean you should do it. If you think life in America is so bad how about you move to a place like North Korea where you would be jailed or killed for even attempting anything similar.
Enjoy your freedom in the beautiful and God-blessed United States of America and remember that you have the freedom to sneeze when and where you want because someone died in your place.