The national anthem protests in the NFL have sparked debate that has earned the league a reputation as one of the most divisive brands in the country.
Many veterans have been personally offended by the protests, considering them disrespectful to the flag. As a result, Veterans Day weekend games have sparked interest, as many were eager to see what the players would do during the national anthem.
However, before the first eight games on Sunday, no NFL players knelt during the national anthem, and the attitude seemed to shift.
Alejandro Villanueva, a former U.S. Army Ranger and the only member of the Pittsburgh Steelers to show up for the national anthem before their game on Sept. 24, handed out Army decals to his teammates to put on their helmets. Each decal was chosen based on the player's personality and which division they would best fit into.
But there was one moment that stood out among the rest during the first round of games on Sunday. Josh Norman, a cornerback for the Washington Redskins, took off his cleats on the sideline and handed them to a very special person.
The person he handed them to was Robert Blake Neller, a four-star general with the U.S. Marine Corps.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 12, 2017