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NFL Honors Military

Isaac Ochoa, News Editor

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No NFL player protested this Veterans Day weekend as the league honored the military. The NFL had asked all players to partake in a two-minute moment of silence before the games to honor veterans. Active duty members were on the field before the game meeting and greeting with players. This is taking place as the controversy over player protest during the national anthem.

Players like Michael Bennett who has stood in protest throughout the season stood Thursday night’s game. Titan’s receiver Rishard Matthews walked onto the field holding hands with active soldiers and teammates. This is the first time these two players have stood since President Trump’s criticism over player protest.

The Atlanta Falcons honored fallen veterans and their families by representing the fallen hero on game day. Through the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), 64 families were represented on the field as each of the players wore a special decal with the initials of one of the families. On Sunday Night Football before the game active service members unraveled the flag during the national anthem and a special USAA coin was used for the coin toss.

The Los Angeles Rams home game featured a military flyover at the conclusion of the Anthem and family members of TAPS were recognized as they light the LA Memorial Coliseum torch before kickoff.

Despite the controversy on player protest the entire NFL associate was able to put aside protest and honor veterans. The NFL continues to honor veterans throughout the month of November as it is military month.






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