San Francisco 49er Gives the NFL a Lesson in Respect by Showing Every Service Member Present His Gratitude


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.

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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.

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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.”

On Veterans Day, Kittle showed his gratitude for all of those who serve, writing, “Thank you to everyone that serves and protects our country!

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!

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.

The NFL’s Salute to Service effort is year-round and has raised more than $26 million since 2011.

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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.

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George Kittle-Class Act. May the NFL have many more scenes of respect for our military like this.

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