Over the past several weeks, the anti-American sentiment has grown in the NFL, with over 200 players protesting by kneeling during the National Anthem. Their names are listed below.
The protests began last year with Colin Kaepernick, but it has since grown into a full blown movement. Silence is Consent, with the help of Sports Illustrated, Conservative Fighters, and other sources, has compiled a full list of those who have participated in a national anthem protest thus far. This includes preseason and regular season games, both this season and last.
With the protests becoming more widespread, and media outlets often failing to identify specific players, this list may be incomplete. If you have a name to add to the list, please comment on this story below. Include links that will help us verify their participation in the protests. If we included someone in error, please let us know as well.
- Atlanta Falcons: Grady Jarrett and Dontari Poe
- Baltimore Ravens: Mike Wallace, Ladarius Webb, Tony Jefferson, Anthony Levine, Sr., Terrell Suggs, C.J. Moseley, Willie Henry, Za’Darius Smith, and Matthew Judon
- Buffalo Bills: Cameron Jefferson
- Cincinnati Bengals: No players knelt, but stood and locked arms during 9/24 game.
- Cleveland Browns: 21 players knelt, including Jabrill Peppers, Seth DeValve, Jamie Collins, Christian Kirksey, Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson, Terrance Magee, Kenny Britt, Ricardo Louis, Calvin Pryor, DeShone Kizer, Shon Coleman, Britton Colquitt, Jason McCourty , Caleb Brantley, and Marcus Martin
- Dallas Cowboys – No players have knelt during the anthem. The entire team, before the September 25 game, took a knee briefly before the anthem.
- Denver Broncos: Brandon Marshall, Von Miller
- Green Bay Packers: Martellus Bennett, Lance Kendricks, and Kevin King
- Jacksonville Jaguars:Jalen Ramsey, A. J. Bouye, Tyler Patmon, Leonard Fournette, Tashaun Gipson, Yannick Ngakoue, Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson, Eli Ankou (knelt)
- Kansas City Chiefs: Marcus Peters, Terrance Smith, Eric Fisher, Demetrius Harris, and Cameron Erving
- Miami Dolphins: Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas, Arian Foster, Jelani Jenkins, Jarvis Landry, Maurice Smith, Laremy Tunsil and Julius Thomas
- New York Giants: Olivier Vernon, Landon Collins and Damon Harrison
- New York Jets: No players have knelt, but the entire team has locked arms and stood.
- Oakland Raiders: Marshawn Lynch, Shalom Luani, and Derek Carr
- Pittsburgh Steelers: No players took the field during the anthem to protest.
- San Francisco Forty Niners: Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, and 10 other teammates
- Seattle Seahawks: Michael Bennett, Frank Clark, Justin Britt, Thomas Rawls, and Cliff Avril
- New England Patriots: Devin McCourty, Adam Butler, Brandon King, Alan Branch, Malcom Brown
- Los Angeles Rams: Robert Quinn, Johnny Hekker
- Philadelphia Eagles: Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, Ron Brooks, and Rodney McLeod
- Tennessee Titans: Jurrell Casey and Wesley Woodyard
Recently, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill also called President Trump a “white supremacist” and will face no punishment. The anti-American sentiment in this country has reached an all time high in this country, and has created a massive polarization between the left and the right.
Thankfully, there is one football team that changed course after being called out. The Cleveland Browns stopped their protests, especially after Browns Hall of Famer (and civil rights activist) Jim Brown stunned everyone by denouncing the protests, and demanding the players honor America, the anthem, and the flag. The previous protests by some Browns players led Cleveland police and other first responders to refuse to participate in pregame ceremonies. The Browns, however, are making steps to make things right.
Silence is Consent previously reported that during the national anthem on opening weekend, the team locked arms with retired EMT’s, fire fighters, and police officers of all colors and creeds, signifying that America needs to unite in order to face the challenges we’re up against.
Millions of men died to give us the freedoms and rights that we enjoy, and the national anthem, along with the flag, are symbols which directly reflect this. No, the American flag isn’t “just a flag,” as Obama said—it’s a representation of all the men and women who sacrificed their lives to defend this great country.
Thankfully, this is the type of behavior that we expect from our athletes, and the Cleveland Browns delivered. Every single man, woman, and child watching this should be proud, and should voice their support for this team—even if you’d never thought twice about them before.
It’s time for us to start boycotting any and all teams that permit their players to protest the national anthem. Men and women have died for that song, as it represents the freedoms of this great, great nation. Anyone who has the nerve to protest such a pure symbol of liberty is not an American at heart. Period.