Hall of Famer Brett Favre commended Colin Kaepernick for his sacrifice in protesting police brutality and racial inequality and compared his efforts to that of Pat Tillman in an interview with TMZ released Sunday.
The three-time MVP and Green Bay Packers great praised the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback for sparking a wave of demonstrations across the NFL in 2016 after kneeling during the national anthem.
“It’s not easy for a guy his age — Black or white, Hispanic, whatever — to stop something that you’ve always dreamed of doing, and put it on hold, maybe forever, for something that you believe in,” Favre said, per TMZ.
Kaepernick has not played in the league since 2016. He filed a collusion grievance against the league, saying he was blacklisted because of the protests, settling in February 2019.
When asked about his contributions off the field, Favre said Kaepernick’s efforts toward a bigger cause were reminiscent of Tillman, a safety for the Arizona Cardinals, who left the NFL to join the U.S army after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was killed by friendly fire while deployed in Afghanistan.
“I can only think of right off the top of my head, Pat Tillman is another guy that did something similar,” Favre said. “And, we regard him as a hero. So, I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.”
Earlier this week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell encouraged a team to sign Kaepernick. The comments come after he released a video — at the request of a number of the game’s most prominent stars — earlier this month apologizing for how the league handled its players’ protests over racial injustice.