It’s been just over two weeks since 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first sat out the national anthem, saying he wouldn’t praise “a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
Since then, the quarterback has continued his protest. However, he’s now resorted to taking a knee to show respect for those serving in the armed forces while still objecting to the anthem.
Some athletes have joined Kaepernick, while others, like Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, have openly stood in opposition to the 49er.
With 13 games set to be played on Sunday, September 11th, speculation is running rampant regarding potential sit-outs and protests by NFL players.
Among all this divisiveness, two Giants have stepped up to show their patriotism and reverence. Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz will don specially designed cleats during pre-game and in-game honoring those who died on 9/11:
Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz are planning to wear special 9/11 cleats for Sunday's season opener. pic.twitter.com/3YhbHwbC6i
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 9, 2016
Beckham’s pre-game cleats feature images of firefighters approaching the rubble of the Twin Towers, along with an American flag, and his in-game cleats feature an eagle on a background of red, white, and blue.
ESPN quotes Troy Cole, owner of Kickasso’s custom cleats:
“…Odell wanted to pay tribute to the heroes of 9/11, and not toward the tragedy aspect, with the falling building and the heroes all around kind of helping and saving people. That is why it’s kind of special and going to be pretty cool.”
Cruz’s pre-game cleats feature the acronym FDNY, as well as the number 9 between two axes, which is there to honor his late father, who was a firefighter in Paterson, New Jersey. His in-game cleats feature the Stars and Stripes.
The pre-game and in-game cleats are different due to NFL regulations. Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers will not be playing on 9/11.