Before kickoff on November 12 against the New York Giants, one San Francisco 49ers players took a moment to hustle over to a line of service members, shaking every one of their hands.
The 49ers have previously made headlines after one of their former players, Colin Kaepernick, began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality in 2016, which has since stirred up controversy.
However, 49ers tight end George Kittle brought light to the team as he showed his gratitude for all of the service members who sacrifice their lives for their country.
A video shows Kittle shaking each service member’s hand, making sure to not miss one.
Watch the video below:
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 13, 2018
One service member at the game, who shared a photo standing next to Kittle, explained that Kittle “loves our military” and is a “great guy.”
He loves our military! I've met him twice now and he's a great guy! pic.twitter.com/AkFN5Hn2yS
— ???Terrell Hannah??? (@turtle_hannah) November 13, 2018
On Veterans Day, Kittle showed his gratitude for all of those who serve, writing, “Thank you to everyone that serves and protects our country!
Thank you to everyone that serves and protects our country! #SalutetoService ??
— George Kittle (@gkittle46) November 11, 2018
Kittle’s teammate, 49ers wider receiver Trent Taylor, also shared an appreciation for veterans, writing on Twitter, “Thank you to all the men and women serving in our military! The true heroes that sacrifice everything for this country!
— Levi's® Stadium (@LevisStadium) November 13, 2018
NFL’s Salute to Service
The NFL honors veterans, military members, and their families with Salute to Service, which raises money for nonprofits such as USO, Pat Tillman Foundation, and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Watch the video below:
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 11, 2018
This year, the NFL pledged to donate $5 for every Salute to Service hashtag used through November 19 — and upped their price to $25 for every hashtag on Veterans Day, USA Today reported.
“This month we reflect on the sacrifices of our heroes and increase our focus to ensure more service members, veterans and their families find the assistance they need, when they need it,” NFL senior vice president of social responsibility Anna Isaacson told USA Today.