Brett Favre believes Colin Kaepernick should be regarded as a “hero” like Pat Tillman, the former NFL player who died while serving in Afghanistan in 2004.
During an interview with TMZ Sports, the legendary NFL quarterback said Kaepernick’s efforts to fight police brutality and systemic racism was reminiscent of Tillman’s choice to leave the NFL and joint he U.S. Army in 2002.
“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, I can only think of — right off the top of my head — Pat Tillman’s another guy who did something similar, and we regard him as a hero. So I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.”
Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the national anthem in 2016 to protest racial injustices in America. He has since been out of the league.
Here’s Favre’s full interview with TMZ Sports: