Brett Favre believes Colin Kaepernick will be thought of as a “hero.”
The former Packers great told TMZ Sports that Kaepernick will receive “hero status” for his willingness to sacrifice his football career to protest racial and social injustice. Favre compared him to Pat Tillman — the former Cardinals safety who left football to join the Army Rangers after 9/11.
“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.
“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.”
Tillman played four NFL seasons for the Cardinals after being taken in the seventh round of the 1998 draft before giving up his football dreams to defend our country. He was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 by friendly fire.
Favre maintains that Kaepernick can probably still play in the league.
“I thought he was a dynamic player when he was playing in his prime,” Favre said. “He’s still young and hasn’t been hit in several years, so there’s no reason to think that he’s lost that much of a step.”
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