In describing Colin Kaepernick’s sacrifice for a cause, legendary Green Bay Packer Brett Favre compared the ex-San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback to a revered former NFL player and Army Ranger – Pat Tillman.
Following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Tillman, a 25-year-old safety for the Arizona Cardinals, left the NFL after the 2001 season to enlist in the army and eventually joined the elite Army Rangers. He served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before being killed in 2004 as the result of friendly fire in Afghanistan. He was posthumously awarded both the Silver Star and Purple Heart.
The comparison is likely to stir some debate as Favre compared two men who have been celebrated on opposite sides of the political spectrum.
Kaepernick, whose Black Lives Matter efforts have continued since he left the NFL, has been celebrated by many Democrats, especially in the wake of George Floyd being killed. Momentum appears to be building for him to get a chance to return.
Favre told TMZ he thinks Kaepernick deserves another shot to play and could likely still make an impact.