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Ex-Seahawk, Green Beret Boyer promises “powerful” moment before Sunday’s game

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 13:  Nate Boyer #37 of the Texas Longhorns carries an American flag as the Texas Longhorns take to the field against the Oklahoma Sooners at Cotton Bowl on October 13, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Getty Images

Nate Boyer, a onetime Seahawks long snapper and former United States Army Green Beret, tweeted Thursday afternoon that the Seahawks will deliver a “powerful” demonstration before Sunday’s season opener that shows “respect for the [national] anthem and those that fight for our freedom.”

Boyer’s tweet said he’s talked to some former teammates and that the “pregame demonstration of unity” promised by Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin will be “a powerful sign of unification.”

Baldwin’s tweet about what the Seahawks will do was intentionally vague. He told reporters they’ll have to wait until Sunday to see exactly what the team has planned.

Boyer spoke to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last week about Kaepernick’s decision to remain seated during the national anthem and said he was “impressed” by Kaepernick’s willingness to listen to Boyer’s side of things.

Boyer was a 34-year old rookie with the Seahawks last summer who was waived during the preseason. He taught himself to snap while overseas serving in the military, then attended the University of Texas.

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16 Responses to “Ex-Seahawk, Green Beret Boyer promises “powerful” moment before Sunday’s game”
  1. thepunkyqb says: Sep 8, 2016 5:45 PM

    Thank God! Regardless of your stance on the treatment of any and all individuals by local police, you have got to be insane not to appreciate and honor those that gave their lives on 9/11 via attack, or years down the road from saving others and having horrible amounts of smoke and dust inhalation.

    This country may be messed up, but dammit, it’s still my country and I love it!

  2. ctiggs says: Sep 8, 2016 5:52 PM

    Colin is the man he started all of this!

  3. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 8, 2016 5:58 PM

    It had best be respectful. No matter where you stand on what’s been going on with this, 9/11 is not the day for a look at me moment.

  4. folkcrusader says: Sep 8, 2016 6:01 PM

    I appreciate Nate’s attempt to find unity on this issue.

  5. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 8, 2016 6:03 PM

    How about just focus on football? Real games that count are here. Quit worrying about whether you’re going to stand or sit.

  6. theashleyguy says: Sep 8, 2016 6:10 PM

    It’s good to honor the brave men and women who fought for our right to live in this country with our Constitution that guarantees us the right to protest, to see things differently, and yet to still come together as people of one country.

    Do we make mistakes? We sure do. Can we improve ourselves as a nation? Yes, we can and sometimes the ways we can improve need to be brought to our attention through peaceful protest.

    That is what makes this country remarkable. And really one-of-a-kind.

  7. source7769 says: Sep 8, 2016 6:11 PM

    somehow this isnt going to be well received and how does all of this bs do anything for any of the causes they are trying to get right??? most of the issues they want fixed are with people who arent even watching these sporting events or at them

  8. illumination666 says: Sep 8, 2016 6:20 PM

    Spoiler alert:

    The entire team plans on kneeling during the national anthem.

  9. devindenv says: Sep 8, 2016 6:47 PM

    We will see just well Kap takes Boyer’s side to heart.

  10. nyneal says: Sep 8, 2016 6:57 PM

    I wish Boyer would go on the field in San Fran on Monday night and use some of the physical training he had in the military to knock Kaepernick on his butt. I would stand and cheer for that and so would millions of other good Americans!!

  11. bartpkelly says: Sep 8, 2016 7:21 PM

    The protests aren’t a “look at me” moment. They are a “look at what is happening in our country” moment.

    Regardless, I hope what the Seahawks do respects the Anthem, the military, the USA and the problems we as a country are facing.

  12. jda129 says: Sep 8, 2016 7:22 PM

    I actually would have no problem if they kneeled with hands over hearts. People kneel in respect of God when they offer prayers of supplication. This could be a sign of reverence for the flag and anthem and a reverent petition to the flag and all it stands for to hear the requests for help.

  13. mackcarrington says: Sep 8, 2016 8:08 PM

    Anyone who disagrees with what this government and country stand for should not only lose their citizenship but should lose their freedom as well. There shouldn’t be any room at all for dissent or disagreement. It’s the American way or no way at all!

  14. lp5710 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:10 PM

    disrespectful to me a New York 911 survivor and first res ponder. And even worse on that sacred day.

  15. pick6ftw says: Sep 8, 2016 8:43 PM

    I haven’t honored the flag for some time…the Patriot Act and the false war in Iraq were the last straws. No, I haven’t forgotten Colin Powell lying about WMDS on live TV. The Constitution is a contract with the citizens and its government which is now a useless piece of paper. If the soldiers of this country really want to honor America they’d storm the White House and Congress and arrest every single one of them for treason.

  16. realkansan says: Sep 9, 2016 12:11 AM

    how dare this traitor emabaress America, the flag and the NFL. 9 11 is so sacred, none should dare disregard it

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