Will College Players follow the Pros' Example?


There were a couple of games over this past weekend but for most schools college football kicks off this coming weekend. Some worry the kids will follow the pros and take advantage of the stage to kneel during the anthem.

SportsTalk 790's Greg Koch is a member of the Green Bay Packers' hall of fame.

"My problem with the whole protest is that when you have to continually keep telling people what you’re protesting about, you're not going about it in the right way."

Koch says he has no problem with students peacefully protesting, but the message is confusing.

"When does this ever stop? Because you're gonna have people out there, whether you like it or not, that are always going to think that you're demeaning our country."

Koch played at the University of Arkansas and he says if he were playing today, he wouldn't take a knee.

"I don't know if it's the right thing or not; I personally wouldn't do it because I was born in a Naval hospital and my brother is a Houston police officer and to me that would be an affront to them."

Koch's not sure college players will follow the pros' example but he says there's nothing more American than a peaceful protest.

"They watch the news, they know what's going on, they're up on things and if they want to peacefully protest I have no problem with it whatsoever."

It may not be related to protesting, but four of the five cheerleaders at a small Georgia college who took a knee last year are not on the squad this year.

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