Steelers Legend Reveals What Would Have Happened if Kaepernick Knelt For National Anthem 40 Years Ago

Americans have been outraged by the behavior of so many entitled athletes in the NFL over the last year or so. Their blatant disrespect for our country is inexcusable, and it has got to stop. It seems like the whole trend started with former 49ers player Colin Kaepernick’s decision to take a knee during the National Anthem last year. Now, one NFL Hall of Famer has stepped up to let America know what would have happened if Kaepernick had decided to disrespect our country 40 years ago.

Franco Harris has a strong opinion about Kaepernick’s actions, and isn’t afraid to let everyone know how he feels, including Kaepernick himself. He explained that players 40 years ago would not have allowed the spoiled self-entitled athlete to act the way he chose to.

The Wild Card reported:

During an interview with Mediaite’s John Ziegler, the former Steelers running back was asked if he believed Kaepernick has been blackballed by NFL organizations for his decision to kneel during the national anthem before football games last year. The quarterback has remained unsigned since opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March.

Harris said Kaepernick is free to voice his personal opinion on issues, but he could have done so without involving the NFL.

When asked how his teammates from the 1970s and 1980s would have handled Kaepernick’s protesting, Harris suggested they wouldn’t have tolerated it.

Harris explained, “we had two of the meanest guys in football, who I think would’ve dealt with it that way, and that would’ve been Joe Greene and Jack Lambert.”

Harris stated that even though he believes that there are definitely unresolved social issues in our country, that it is still important to respect the American flag. Our country is still the country that provided everything we have for us, and these athletes should not forget that.

“If someone has a certain stance they want to take, that’s fine,” Harris stated. “When he puts that suit on, it’s not just about him, his position and the things that he wants to back and wants to believe in, because the team has to come first.”

Harris’ explanation about Kaepernick can be heard around the 34:40 mark.

And it’s important to note that Harris isn’t the first NFL legend to come forward and give an opinion on Kaepernick’s actions. It was just last week that another Hall of Famer, Jim Brown, explained to Browns players that he wanted them to stand during the National Anthem. He let these guys know exactly how important it is to honor America and honor the flag.

Brown said, “Colin has to make up his mind whether he’s truly an activist or he’s a football player. Football is commercial. You have owners. You have fans. And you want to honor that if you’re making that kind of money.” He went on to say, “I’m going to give you the real deal: I’m an American. I don’t desecrate my flag and my National Anthem. I’m not gonna do anything against the flag and National Anthem. I’m going to work within those situations. But this is my country, and I’ll work out the problems, but I’ll do it in an intelligent manner.”

There have, however, been numerous current NFL players who have supported Kaepernick, and even followed in his muddy footsteps, taking a knee during the National Anthem. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers stated that he thinks the the former 49er should be on an NFL roster for his playing and shouldn’t have been booted “because of his protests.”

Then on Tuesday, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton stated that it was “unfair” that Kaepernick hadn’t been signed for the new season. Broncos pass rusher Von Miller was also in support of Kaepernick and said “it’s not 64 quarterbacks that’s better than him, and I feel like in the National Football League, that’s what it’s about.”

These entitled NFL players ought to take a step back and realize just how much this country provided for them. They wouldn’t be living so lavishly if they weren’t living here and reaping the benefits of a sport played so heavily in America. It’s time for them to realize just how good they have it and get off their self-entitled a**es and stand for the National Anthem.