On Sunday, seven different NFL players joined Kaepernick to protest the national anthem.
One day later, in the game between the Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers — players on both teams stood together.
Yet, they didn’t just stand, they went out to the field to help hold the American flag while the anthem was sung.
Redskins players and staff holding the flag during the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/t6K8jRoPqg
— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) September 12, 2016
The Redskins help hold the American flag during the national anthem: pic.twitter.com/KwSAxboQWY
— Matt Estreich (@MattEstreich) September 12, 2016
— Troy Taylor (@CoachTroyTaylor) September 12, 2016
And to go the extra mile even more, a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant sang “The Star-Spangled Banner”:
The best ever pre-game and National Anthem ceremony ai have ever seen in my life gping to any pro evemt. My hats off to you Washington Redskins and Daniel Snyder. I never thought I would ever say that. Lol. Well done. I am certainly proud to be an American. Thoughts.
Posted by Nicholas A Cutlip Sr. on Monday, September 12, 2016
Support for the Redskins and Steelers poured out on Twitter:
— El Chino (@AchomanIan) September 13, 2016
Classy Redskins and Steelers show Gracious Respect fo our Military during tonight's National Anthem. https://t.co/XQlDU5148J
— de Beauvoir (@ObamaNewClothes) September 13, 2016
— Tanner Gettman (@tgettman8) September 12, 2016
Good to see that none of the redskins or steelers player took a knee during the national anthem????
— Doyle 2x (@ZachDoyle23) September 12, 2016
When Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden was asked about the way his team handles the anthem, he said, via 247 Sports:
“We take very much pride in our relationship with the military. We went to Andrews Air Force Base the other day and everybody that was there stayed after, signed some autographs…
And added, “For three minutes, for us to take our helmet off and stand up and give respect is how we treat it here with the Washington Redskins.”