I wish to congratulate all past, current, and future inductees. It is quite an honor to be part of such elite company. This honor is something that I will cherish forever.
The number of people who are pulling out their pitchforks over this decision makes sense given how Owens was misinterpreted throughout his career. At this point, it’s gotta be hard for him to care, right? He has fought all of these fights before. His career has been played out, and he’s in the Hall of Fame. He’s got nothing left to prove.
We stand together for freedom. We stand together for patriotism. And we proudly stand for our glorious nation under God, President Donald Trump said from his lectern Tuesday afternoon before wading down a path decked in American flags.
This was a familiar tone from the White House. Truly, it could have been any day. The presidential outlook was that the Star Spangled Banner must be honored, and Americans should stand for White America’s original song. A presidential decree, especially in the age of Trumpian authoritarianism, was to be respected. This day wasn’t to prop up protesting athletes, rather, it was made for rebuke.
Another Houston player, Jadeveon Clowney, used some friendly trash talk with Jaguars fans as a chance to donate toys to charity in December.
In Philadelphia, a slew of players are making an impact off the field, including Carson Wentz, who recently presented a $520,000 donation to Mission of Hope Haiti for the construction of a sports complex in Haiti. Wentz’s AO1 Foundation foundation is also starting a food truck named Thy Kingdom Crumb, which will drive around Philly giving out free food to those in need.
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is very active in the Philadelphia community too, and spent part of last April with other NFL players fighting for criminal justice reform on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, Jenkins highlighted the positive steps many NFL players — including Chris Long, Ben Watson and Demario Davis — have taken to make a difference.
Acorss the world, a group of NFL players — and Rex Ryan — recently traveled to Europe as part of the USO’s efforts to show America’s service members how much they are appreciated. NFL.com detailed the trip and it’s a great read.