This is a move that takes some serious courage.
According to reports, Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Tyler Eifert is going against the anti-cop tide in the NFL by honoring fallen police officer David Dorns on his helmet.
Got some very good news from former @Bengals player/current @Jaguars player @tylereifert that he will honor fallen police officer David Dorns on his helmet. Always been a fan of Tyler’s and God bless him!
— Alex Triantafilou (@ChairmanAlex) August 31, 2020
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Eifert is a true patriot.
As a matter of fact, he took a literal stand for the national anthem back in 2016 when so many in the league were taking a knee:
From Washington Examiner:
In a 2016 article, Eifert explained his decision to stand for the national anthem, saying it was a way to honor the armed forces.
“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,” he wrote, adding, “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.”
During the 2016 season, Eifert wrote Pat Tillman’s name on his cleats for the opening game. In 2002, Tillman quit his professional football career, turned down a $3.6 million contract, and enlisted in the Army. He was killed by enemy combatants in Afghanistan two years later. Throughout the 2016 season, Eifert highlighted the sacrifice of servicemen on his cleats.
If only there were more selfless and brave players like this in the NFL.
Whereas most players are just trying to exploit a hot-button political situation for their own attention and glory.
*cough* Colin Kaepernick *cough*
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