The National Football league continues to suffer the financial consequences of allowing numerous players to take a knee during the national anthem, but one NFL athlete, in particular, is rising above these petty and disrespectful protests and has honored one of America’s bravest heroes.
During this past week, the NFL had “My Cause, My Cleats” week, where players are allowed to have special cleats honoring causes they believe in. Cleveland Browns fullback Dan Vitale decided to honor Chris Kyle, America’s deadliest sniper, by supporting the Chris Kyle FROG Foundation. The FROG foundation, which was created by Taya Kyle, the widow Chris Kyle, states “The mission of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF) is to Honor God, Country, and Families Who Serve by providing experiences that strengthen military and first responder marriages and families. CKFF’s signature program started with the launch of CKFF Revitalization Retreats, which are focused directly on supporting the military and first responder marriages.” For Mr. Vitale to bring attention to such a worthwhile charity amongst a group of unpatriotic crybabies is a breath of fresh air for many fans.
Cleveland Browns FB Dan Vitale’s cleats honorin’ Chris Kyle. Merica. pic.twitter.com/N5lBn36TsN
— Cloyd Rivers (@CloydRivers) December 4, 2017
Aside from never taking a knee during the national anthem, one look at Mr. Vitale’s social media demonstrates how much he loves and respects America as well as those who sacrifice to keep us safe.
Not surprisingly, the mainstream media does not bring attention to who Mr. Vitale is and his love for America. The loony left and inept executives at the NFL would rather give attention to a has-been quarterback like Colin Kaepernick, along with his America hating friends in the NFL.
Further demonstrating their disdain for America, a group of NFL athletes and league executives have decided to donate $89 million to various social causes, but none of these causes include a donation to the Chris Kyle FROG foundation. Conversely, the $89 million the NFL is donating to ‘social justice’ has been taken out of the budget for Breast Cancer Awareness and to support various military charities. “During a conference call Wednesday night, Malcolm Jenkins and Anquan Boldin, who lead roughly 40 players who have negotiated with the league office about demonstrations during the national anthem, guided the group through the highlights of the package, which represents the NFL’s largest contribution to a social issue, surpassing that of Salute to Service or Breast Cancer Awareness/Crucial Catch.”
— Danny Vitale (@RealDannyVitale) July 25, 2017
Hopefully, the actions of Mr. Vitale catch on, and other players in the NFL realize how fortunate they are to have the opportunity to play football for a living. Commissioner Rodger Goodell would be wise to take a hint from Mr. Vitale, and how he selflessly respects America and those who sacrifice for the rest of us daily.
Unfortunately, the players who continue to take a knee during the national anthem have caused irreversible damage to the NFL brand. Despite the league going all out for Veterans Day this year, the effort did nothing to slow the horrible ratings, with the viewership for this Thanksgiving showing a 20% drop off from last year. Last week it was reported that the NFL and their advertisers stand to lose $500 million dollars in revenue, in addition to Thanksgiving Day ratings taking a dip of nearly 20% compared to last year. Add into the mix that Papa Johns has pulled their official sponsorship for the NFL, and you now have a scenario where the NFL can and likely will fail.
What is interesting about these national anthem protests in the NFL is that there are several players who have served in the United States military, yet none of these players who continue to stand for the national anthem were consulted on the $89 million dollar donation the league is moving forward with. These players who continue to show the proper respect for America should be recognized, as they are the rule and not the exception.
The NFL’s contribution to ‘social justice’ is a sad attempt by the NFL to restore their league and their brand, but they have failed miserably. Players are still allowed to do what they want, disrespect the national anthem and veterans, and yet somehow expect fans to come back to the game.