The tight end wrote an essay on Medium over the weekend titled, “Why I Stand.” He said that he stands to honor those who put on a uniform to serve our country.
“I stand because I love my country.
I stand because I want to honor the people putting their lives on the line for me on a daily basis in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
I stand because my cousin is a pilot in the United States Air Force, risking his life flying F-15s in active war zones. He takes pride in his job protecting Americans, a sacrifice that all members of every branch of the United States military willfully take.”
Eifert is a strong supporter of our veterans. During last year’s Pro Bowl draft, he took time out to get autographs from some real heroes who put their lives on the line for our freedom. You can see that video below.
Eifert also wrote that he was starting a new game day tradition. He would be writing the name of a different member of the “United States military, whether active, retired, killed or missing in action, or a prisoner of war” on his cleats each week.
His reasoning is one that will have patriotic Americans cheering. “These people are why I am standing because they gave me and everyone else the chance to have freedom and earn a living playing a sport I love,” Eifert wrote.
For Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, Eifert’s cleats bore Patrick Tillman’s name. Tillman gave away millions by walking away from an NFL career after the September 11th terrorist attacks to become an Army Ranger. Tillman lost his life serving our country.
While some players are taking a knee, remember that most of them are like Tyler Eifert and stand for the National Anthem. We need to focus on the positive!
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Source: Fox News