anthem by Justin Moreno October 2, 2017
It’s Week 4 of the NFL and everyone’s focus is still on the national anthem protests.
Compared to last week, the protests weren’t as prevalent. Most teams instead decided to stand in solidarity with linked arms rather than sit out the anthem.
About 30 San Francisco 49ers sat out the anthem while the rest of their team stood behind them – hands to their shoulders. The team had not played since September 21, which was before Trump’s “son of a bitch” speech in Alabama.
A statement from the players, coaches, ownership and staff of the San Francisco #49ers pic.twitter.com/Rs2XCOiUeO
— San Francisco 49ers – x (@49ers) October 1, 2017
Several 49ers players knelt for the national anthem this afternoon. (via 49ers) pic.twitter.com/WfoiqIOmSp
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 1, 2017
The strongest act of protest came from Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch. Before his game with the Denver Broncos Marshawn was rocking an “Everybody Vs. Trump” shirt.
Browns players raise their fists in protest during the national anthem. A better way to protest? Photo: Josh Gunter, https://t.co/a4YA4W2Cro pic.twitter.com/sVy5seTESw
— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) October 1, 2017
Fans at Lambeau Field chant "USA! USA!" as players, coaches lock arms during the national anthem https://t.co/jnyLvmeXGr pic.twitter.com/CPQDVrRoN7
— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) September 29, 2017
On Thursday night Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers stressed that the protests were not to disrespect military but rather to stress equality,
“This is about equality. This is about unity and love and growing together as a society, and starting a conversation around something that may be a little bit uncomfortable for people.”
Only a few #Bills players kneeling this week during national anthem. pic.twitter.com/daVOc34FlT
— Jon Scott (@JonScottTV) October 1, 2017
Aside from the protests the games this week were exciting.
The Jets managed to best the Jaguars in overtime by ending the game with a field goal, earning a 23-20 victory.
Chandler Catanzaro for the win.#ClemsonNFL
— #ClemsonNFL (@ClemsonPros) October 1, 2017
Just @LarryFitzgerald being Larry Fitzgerald & being Larry Fitzgerald is sensational@AZCardinals win it in overtime #SFvsAZ #BeRedSeeRed pic.twitter.com/ZR0uP4npgl
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) October 1, 2017
In a win against the Patriots, Cam Newton of the North Carolina Panthers became the winningest QB in team history.
FINAL: What a game … @Panthers win it! #CARvsNE #KeepPounding https://t.co/fREUBwL90X
— NFL (@NFL) October 1, 2017
Cam Newton had a direct message to the media 👇 pic.twitter.com/1HXbtdWPb7
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) October 1, 2017
Tough catch.@DangeRussWilson to @JdMcKissic for the #Seahawks TD! #INDvsSEA https://t.co/01SVNOAHJ7
— NFL (@NFL) October 2, 2017
JuJu Smith-Schuster hit em with a Kamehameha after scoring a TDhttps://t.co/kq5wNeiFfw
— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) October 1, 2017
Terry Bradshaw's 🗣commentary on Antonio Brown pitching a fit for not getting the ball – "I'd sit 'em, I guarantee…for at least 1 play." 😂 pic.twitter.com/fGXYjdyKum
— Skye Underwood (@SkyeUnderwood) October 1, 2017
Can we just talk about @micah_hyde? #GoBills pic.twitter.com/4QbE4q9ldh
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) October 2, 2017
FIVE total touchdowns in Week 4? 😱😱😱@DeshaunWatson balled… and he got the call from @DeionSanders on @NFLNetwork's #GameDayPrime! https://t.co/ajYXWThZCu
— NFL (@NFL) October 2, 2017
OJ Howard's first career TD 🙌 https://t.co/Vf4eCmS8kz
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) October 1, 2017
Eagles fans have completely taken over the Chargers stadium in LA 😳
(via @FlyByKnite) pic.twitter.com/wBnNJfL2OW
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 1, 2017
With all it’s presidential drama and rookies breaking records this season might turn out to be pretty fun to watch after all.
I just hope the Chargers don’t have to face an opposing crowd for the rest of the season.