Pittsburgh Steelers guard Alejandro Villanueva, the only player who stood for national anthem for the Steelers several weeks ago, reportedly gave each one of his teammates an Army patch for their helmets on Sunday, IJR reported.
Jerome Majeski, Mike Boncheck, Ted Yagiello, John Magda and other members of the Polish American Veterans Club in Plains Township staged a protest of NFL players kneeling for the national anthem by boycotting the games on TV on Sunday. The NFL had previously maintained that players could protest.
"We're sending the National Football League, its corporate sponsors, and the television networks a message this Veterans Day weekend!" said a 2ndVote statement.
The president and other critics argued that the playing of the national anthem was the wrong time for protests, regardless of the reason, because the song represents USA national unity and respect for those who serve in the military.
During the organization's monthly meeting a few weeks ago, the board unanimously agreed to boycott all National Football League games this weekend. National Football League executives and owners joined NFLPA executives and player leaders to review and discuss plans to utilize our platform to promote equality and effectuate positive change.
So far, there have been no reports of player protests in early games, and even long-time protestors have avoided anything controversial.
Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon remained kneeling for the national anthem on Veteran's Day weekend Sunday at Levi's Stadium.
The Monday night game could bring up the total: Playing the Carolina Panthers are the Miami Dolphins, whose team includes three players who have frequently taken a knee during the anthem.