NFL legend Brett Favre says that Colin Kaepernick’s decision to risk his football career in order to continue his protests and police brutality is a sacrifice similar to former NFL player and Army Ranger Pat Tillman.
Favre says that Kaepernick, like Tillman, will eventually be considered a “hero.”
The former Packer told TMZ why he thought Kaepernick deserves heroic status for his protests.
“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,” Favre said.
“I can only think of right off the top of my head, Pat Tillman is another guy that did something similar,” Favre said. “And, we regard him as a hero. So, I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.”
Pat Tillman left a multi-million dollar deal with the then-St.Louis Rams to become an Army Ranger. He was killed in Afghanistan in a friendly-fire incident in 2004.
Kaepernick left a contract offer with the 49ers at the end of 2016. While the 49ers have said that Kaepernick would have been cut at the end of that season for financial reasons, his agents remained quite active in trying to find a new professional football home for him.
Favre’s contrasting Kaepernick with Tillman is offensive to say the least.
Despite the fact that it’s been over three years since Kaepernick played in the NFL, Favre thinks he still has potential.
“I thought he was a dynamic player when he was playing in his prime,” Favre said. “He’s still young and hasn’t been hit in several years, so there’s no reason to think that he’s lost that much of a step.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently said he would encourage any team that wanted to sign Kaepernick to do so.
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