Pat Tillman, in case you didn’t know, was a star in the National Football League who died a war hero after giving up the fame of professional sports to serve his country in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Tillman was an underdog, picked 226th by the Arizona, Cardinals. But Tillman surpassed expectations, playing 16 games his rookie season and eventually turned down a nine-million-dollar contract to play for another football team because he was loyal to his team. When the terrorist attacks of 9-11 happened, Tillman turned down a multi-million dollar contract to enlist in the U.S. Army. He again surpassed expectations and served as a U.S. Army Ranger before being killed by friendly fire in a battle against the Taliban.
Colin Kaepernick, on the other hand, is famous for kneeling for the national anthem in a sign of organized disrespect towards men like Pat Tillman. Kaepernick burned out during the prime of his physical career and was dismissed by the San Francisco 49ers after three seasons of lackluster performance. His greatest achievement, thus far in life, has been to make disrespect to the National Anthem or Pledge of Allegiance a team sport.
In what has to be one of the dumbest and least-patriotic statements recorded in human history, NFL legend, Brett Favre, said recently that Colin Kaepernick is “a hero like Pat Tillman.”
We kid you not.
Favre told TMZ, “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.”
As many sports analysts – like here at ESPN – have pointed out, Kaepernick was not kept from sports greatness because of his political perspectives, but his underperformance as an athlete. Nonetheless, the myth continues to grow that Kaepernick gave it all up to take a knee (in reality, the NFL gave him such a settlement that he doesn’t have to work ever again). Combined with his merchandise sales to horrible Americans and awful human beings who would wear his jerseys, his hatred of the United States earns him millions of dollars a year.
Pat Tillman gave up millions to die for his country.
Favre went on to say…
“I can only think of right off the top of my head, Pat Tillman is another guy that did something similar. And, we regard him as a hero. So, I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.”
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