Football Player Stands Alone During National Anthem


When the Millikin University football team protested the National Anthem by staying in the locker room, Connor Brewer decided to do what he thought was right.

Brewer ignored what the rest of his team was doing and stood alone on the sideline to pay his respects to the United States of America and those who have died defending our country.

Brewer standing alone during the National Anthem. (Photo credit: Jeff Hill)

Brewer standing alone during the National Anthem. (Photo credit: Jeff Hill)

The team’s decision to stay in the locker room was in response to community outrage after a few football players following Kaepernick’s lead by taking a knee during the National Anthem.

In a statement published in the Herald-Review, the team wrote the following:

“Rather than have our message be misunderstood or misconstrued, we are united in our decision to stay in the locker room until kickoff during which time we will engage in a moment of reflection to personally recognize the sacrifice of so many and renew our commitment to living up to those most important words: ‘with liberty and justice for all,’”

“Please let there be no doubt that we have the utmost respect for the sacrifice made by those who served or do serve in our armed forces, including many of our family and friends, therefore, it is our desire to do nothing that could be viewed as disrespectful of their sacrifice.”

Brewer told WAND News that he does not wish to speak to the media until speaking to his team and coaches first.


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