DeFries, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, first told this news outlet of his decision. But since then, he and his stance have made national news, appearing on Fox News, the Sporting News, the Washington Times and elsewhere.
“I feel good, but it’s not about me,” DeFries added. “It has less to do with me now than it has to do with we. It turns out the enormous amount of pride and reverence that we have for the national anthem and everything that it means to us as a free people … is shared by the vast majority of Americans, and I’m seeing it firsthand.”
Sunday’s NFL games began at 1 p.m. While most NFL players have stood, a number have kneeled or raised their fists.
In a recent CBS News poll, when respondents were asked: “Do you approve or disapprove of football players protesting by kneeling during the national anthem?” - 52 percent said they strongly or somewhat disapprove, while 38 percent said they strongly or somewhat approve, and nine percent said they weren’t certain.