Veteran Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson may not know about his ability to play in the 2016-2017 NFL season, but he is sure about his feelings on the national anthem.
The 35 year-old tore his Achilles tendon in a preseason game and had some time to reflect during his recovery after surgery.
Still a little woozy but out of surgery, and in recovery. THANK U, THANK U, THANK U for all the prayer! #PTL pic.twitter.com/zq8c12ohKz
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) August 31, 2016
He shared his thoughts about the controversy around San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his refusal to stand during the playing of the national anthem.
In a profound post on Facebook, Watson detailed why standing for the “Star Spangled Banner” means so much to him and in the process, showed Kaepernick what it really looks like to affect change.
“I will not have the option to kneel this Sunday while the National Anthem is being played,” the post began. And it is worth reading from beginning to end.
I will not have the opportunity to kneel this Sunday when the National Anthem is being played…https://t.co/rY4sIUu1Rb
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) September 6, 2016
“Well said,” was the overwhelming response from scores of social media users.
@BenjaminSWatson beautifully spoken. Thank you for sharing and wishing you strength on the road to recovery.
— Mike Andersen (@themikeandersen) September 6, 2016
Well said ? @BenjaminSWatson https://t.co/pPkIB7kocv
— Jordan Jensen (@JordanJ05) September 6, 2016
@BenjaminSWatson well said.
— Ted Laatz, MBA, CFE (@Ted_Laatz) September 6, 2016
Beautifully written. I’m proud that you are a part of my favorite football team. God bless you, sir.
— SoCalRaven (@SoCalRaven951) September 6, 2016
@BenjaminSWatson @NOLAWhitney504 a billion times… YES.
— Gerry Dorsey (@hermitary) September 6, 2016
@BenjaminSWatson You are the real deal, brother. Thank you for pursuing righteousness in the midst of these turbulent times in our nation.
— Antonio Rael (@antoniorael1090) September 6, 2016
@BenjaminSWatson @BaggaBrigade VETERAN MYSELF IT HURTS TO SEE MY FLAG ON THE GROUND I SERVED FOR FREEDOM OFTHE COUNTRY &NOT THE POLITICS
— JULI MOODY (@julimoodystunts) September 6, 2016
@BenjaminSWatson no one has responded as eloquently as you just did, thank you for those great words.
— Ryan Brooks (@OlyRBrooks) September 6, 2016
@BenjaminSWatson Well said!
— Linda Lue (@shoequeenofsass) September 6, 2016
@BenjaminSWatson Thank u 4 choosing to salute.Given the opportunity I would also stand because it’s about respecting ourselves.WE r America.
— Mora (@Mora_here) September 6, 2016
@BenjaminSWatson @MikeTriplett Great read Ben. It’s ok for ppl to disagree. We didn’t all live the same life but it’s important to listen.
— Saints Nation (@ImaPaleEgg) September 6, 2016
@BenjaminSWatson Sir, you’re commentary is powerful, challenging, and inspirational.
— Brian Adams (@BrianAdams66) September 6, 2016
@benjaminswatson This is so well stated, ➕ I put my life on the line 4 our beloved ? freedoms, it’s just ashamed Kaep didn’t think this way
— Ritch Iafrate (@fr8ordie) September 6, 2016
@BenjaminSWatson Bravo, Sir. Bravo. Praying for your quick and complete healing.
— 19code3 (@19code3) September 7, 2016
@BenjaminSWatson where there are so many loud voices on all sides of every issue, we need more like yours- faithful, honest yet optimistic.
— Milksy25 (@milksy25) September 6, 2016
@BenjaminSWatson hey brother, nice post, as a former army ranger and green beret I thank you for your words and the emotions behind them
— robert messerschmidt (@rmessers) September 6, 2016
@BenjaminSWatson You are the definition of leadership. You speak, we listen. Thank you for sharing, thank you for your voice & all you do!
— Michael P. Meadows (@Firehound55) September 6, 2016
@BenjaminSWatson I have one leg and I will stand on my prosthetic one for the entire Anthem. GFY C.K
— Libsmokepolls (@KMarqueetrading) September 6, 2016
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