Star quarterback Tom Brady who brought the New England Patriots to a 23-7 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night, postpone his pregame routine in order to recognize the men and women of the U.S military.
Tom Brady and wide receiver Chris Hogan decided to show their respect to about 200 military members by giving them high-fives.
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According to 247 Sports, a Patriots long snapper, and also an active member of the U.S Navy and special teams player Matthew Slater, was the one who initiate the plan to invite the members of the military to the game.
The message from Brady was a small gesture of goodwill.
The display is drawing much of attention since it goes against some NFL players’ stances, who continue to kneel or sit during the playing of the national anthem as a form of protesting against racial injustice. According to polls, Americans consider that using the national anthem as a platform for any protest is highly dishonoring.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently explained that the league asks players to stand for the national anthem, saying in a statement:
Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.
But, he later made it clear that players who continued to kneel wouldn’t be punished by the NFL.