2017 Sports Countdown #1: Aaron Rodgers Weighs in on Protests

As the NFL 2017 season began, no one knew that the biggest moments of the season might be taking place before the games even started. A series of protests started in 2016 by then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick got some national attention when he chose to kneel during the national anthem to raise awareness for the mistreatment of African-Americans by police.

The act would be thrust into the general conversation when President Donald Trump called out the protests as being disrespectful to the troops and to the flag. He called on NFL owners to fire players who protested during the anthem. The result of Trump's words was a much larger protest against the President. Many players choose to either kneel or lock arms during the anthem, while others decided to not even take the field until after it was done. There was a push back against the characterization that the players were unpatriotic and the support across the NFL was shown by players and owners. Even some of their biggest stars, like Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, stood with the protesters.

2017 Sports Countdown #1: Aaron Rodgers Weighs in on Protests

Original Headline: Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Weighs in on National Anthem Protests

The Green Bay Packers don't play their game against the Cincinnati Bengals until 4:25 p.m. EST today, but quarterback Aaron Rodgers has already made news. One of arguably the best quarterbacks currently playing took to Instagram with two different messages showing his support for the NFL's stance on allowing players to protest by kneeling during the national anthem. Many players are showing solidarity this weekend by locking arms or kneeling. The entire Pittsburgh Steelers team stayed in the locker room during the anthem.

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We'll have to wait and see what Rodgers plans to do during the game, but his posts so far:

#unity #brotherhood #family #dedication #love #

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And then not long ago he posted this one that talks about how he's hidden tickets to today's game on the street named after the man who wrote the Bill of Rights.

The answer is James Madison.

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