We are only weeks away from the beginning of yet another season in the National Football League, and the biggest bit of discussion surrounding the upcoming campaign is whether or not the players are going to be kneeling during the National Anthem.
No fanfare over any big trades. No concerns over the Patriots cheating, (yet). And no real push to get your local fantasy leagues up and running again.
Nope, we are all preoccupied with the pregame drama instead. This is a bad look for the NFL, whose optics problem is quickly becoming an ethics problem before our very eyes.
Perhaps they could learn a lesson from this young man.
A 10-year-old boy who often uses a wheelchair and requires braces on his legs managed to stand for the national anthem at a Tennessee fair on Sunday night.
Avery Price has hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) syndrome, a condition similar to cerebral palsy, which makes it difficult for him to use his legs, Fox 17 reports. Despite the disability, however, Avery said he wanted to show his patriotism at the Putnam County Fair in Cooksville.
“I usually sit and put my hand on my heart, but last night I decided to stand … because I like to stand for my country,” Avery told Fox 17.
Both of Avery’s parents have said they were “very proud” of their son.
And proud they should be.
Meanwhile, able-body brats are being paid millions upon millions of dollars to suit up for 90 minutes a week and play with their rich friends while we shout in their general direction.