Saints quarterback urges unity amongst political unrest
“When I say one, you say two. When I say win, you say for you.” It’s the ever popular pre-game chant developed by Drew Brees prior to the 2009 season with the help of U.S. Marines stationed in Guantanamo Bay.
He kept the exact words a secret that is until the Saints won Super Bowl 44 and it’s been their rallying cry ever since. Just like America’s rallying cry has always been the National Anthem, it’s no surprise that Brees, on account of that first hand military experience, has some very pointed opinions about the ongoing protests prior to kickoff.
Following the Saints 34-13 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Brees opened his postgame remarks by addressing what’s being labeled as a cultural war between NFL players and President Donald Trump.
The future Hall of Famer says racism, as well as inequality for minorities, women and immigrants, are very real issues.
Brees also says the National Anthem is a time for unity and urges respect for the flag by standing together as opposed to sitting or kneeling. “I do not agree with that. I feel like that is a unifying thing. The National Anthem and standing for the National Anthem with your hand over your heart is a unifying thing that should bring us all together, and say you know what, we know that things are not where they should be, but we will continue to work and strive to make things better. To bring equality to all people, men, women, no matter what your race, creed, religion, it doesn’t matter. Equality for all. But if you’re an American, then I will always believe that we should be standing, showing respect to our flag with our hand over our heart.”
When asked for an alternative solution to players sitting or kneeling during the anthem, Brees acknowledged it was a good question and that their protest was justified, but admitted he didn’t have a strong answer for what to do going forward.