In the run up to the new NFL season, you would normally expect to see multitudes of power rankings, playoff predictions, and fans trying to convince themselves that this is really their year to go all the way.
However, this year has been a bit different, with Colin Kaepernick taking center stage thanks to his silent protest of not standing during the national anthem before games.
Kaepernick has taken criticism from all corners for his public display, but seems to actually now be gathering some support. Others sportsmen and women have started kneeling, while Brandon Marshall came to his defense today.
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Speaking on WFAN Radio in New York yesterday, the outspoken wide receiver gave his support to Kaep - calling a great patriot.
"This guy, he's one of the biggest patriots out there," Marshall said in the Tuesday interview. "Because he's standing up for human rights."
Speaking to former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, who had claimed that Kaepernick was wrong in his silent protest, Marshall defended him even more - saying that Esiason was "100% wrong."
Interestingly, Marshall stated that Kaepernick's action, which is aimed as a protest against police brutality of minorities, is actually a hot topic of conversation in the NFL, even in the Jets locker room.
"I think President Obama said it best: That's his constitutional right," Marshall said of the 49ers' quarterback. "But I do think this is very thought-provoking for all."
It's encouraging to see players come out and give their backing to Kaepernick. This, along with his jersey being one of the highest selling on the NFL site, shows that there are people out there who support him.