Star quarterback from the New England Patriots stopped his pregame routine to personally recognize the great men and women of the United States military.
Approximately 200 members of the military were brought onto the field before the Patriots game with the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday Night. As they were walking out onto the field, Brady and wide receiver Chris Hogan made sure to pay their respect.
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) October 23, 2017
Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona, an active member of the U.S. Navy, and special teams player Matthew Slater, initiated the invitation to the military, according to 247 Sports.
During an interview on WBZ The Sports Hub, Patriots’ president Jonathan Kraft revealed that the team got together to buy most of the tickets for the 200 military members who were in attendance for Sunday night’s Super Bowl rematch between the Patriots and the Falcons at Gillette Stadium.
Jonathan Kraft told 98.5 that the players got together and bought most of the tickets for the 200 members of the military here tonight
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) October 23, 2017
This display of patriotism from the New England Patriots is getting massive amount of attention due to some NFL teams continuing to kneel during the national anthem, disrespecting the flag, our country and the military.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently made it clear that the league wants players to stand for the national anthem, saying in a statement:
“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”