Week 3 of the NFL season was filled with protests from players, coaches and owners on the field, but one place where we didn’t see too much protesting was in the stands. That is something that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers would like to see changed.
The Green Bay Packers linked arms during the playing of the anthem just before their game against the Cincinnati Bengals. While speaking to the media one day later, Rodgers said he was happy to see his team come together as one, all while acknowledging how it may have been perceived by others.
“Outside the building, I think the message has been diluted a little bit and it’s been kind of taken away from what we were trying to do: show a united front, guys linking up together,” Rodgers told the media on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Jason Wilde. “It’s never been about the military or our men and women in uniform. Like I said after the game, we love and support them, and each of us I’m sure has done charity events for them.”
“This is about equality. This is about unity and love and growing together as a society and starting a conversation around something that may be a little bit uncomfortable for people.”
When the Packers take the field on Thursday night at Lambeau Field against the Chicago Bears, Rodgers says the team will continue to link arms, but this time he wants the fans to join in as well.
“We’ve got to come together and talk about these things and grow as a community, as a connected group of individuals in our society, and we’re going to continue to show love and unity,” Rodgers said. “This week we’re going to ask the fans to join in as well and come together and show that we can be connected and we can grow together.”