NY Giants’ Odell Beckham’s Act Showed His Respect For Veterans

Odell Beckham Jr. showed his support for our military veterans.

Odell Beckham Jr. showed his support for our military veterans.

NY Giants’ Odell Beckham’s Act Showed His Respect For Veterans

The NFL has been scrambling over lost viewership this season.  In 2016, their ratings dropped a staggering amount this year, and even President Elect Donald Trump had to explain to them why it was happening.

The season began with San Francisco 49er’s back-up quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, refusing to stand at a pre-season game during our National Anthem. He later went on to tell NFL Media, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

As outrage was sparked across the country, it began a nationwide conversation on players, respect and true oppression.  Other athletes followed suit, taking a knee, raising a fist, or not leaving the locker room until the Anthem is over.  Many other athletes, however, have since taken a stand to go out of their way to show support during pre-game tributes.  The New York Giants were applauded already back in August when the entire team stood at attention during the playing of our National Anthem.

Before Sunday’s game, New York Giants wide receiver, Odell Beckham wore special cleats to show support for our veterans:

Beckham went a step further to let the men and women in the military know how he felt about them.  Beckham walked the sidelines at U.S. Bank Stadium and shook the hand of each military member that held the flag during the National Anthem.

“The line was a little long. I didn’t know. I got halfway through it and I had to ask one of them, ‘How many is y’all?’ He said, ‘There’s a lot of us.’ I said, ‘Well, I really appreciate what y’all do,’” Beckham told Sporting News.

Beckham previously ignored NFL League rules and wore 9/11 tribute cleats on the 15 year anniversary, at their game in Dallas. It seems there are still a few class acts left in the league.

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