Rodgers did not definitely say he will kneel during the national anthem on Sunday.

“You would think any reservations that you might have about hiring a young guy are right out the window now,” said a front office executive with one NFL team that is not in the head coaching market this offseason.

You know how kids, when they’re impressionable, they root for a front-runner? When the Steelers were good [in the late ’70s], I kind of got on the Steelers bandwagon, until I realized that the Redskins were the team I should be rooting for. There were people that were way bigger fans than me, but I’ve been pretty passionate about the Redskins for a long, long time. When I go to the microwave, if I want to heat something up for 45 seconds, I press 44 and I say, “Riggo,” or I push 47 and I say, “Chris Cooley.” So corny. But there’s stuff like that.

I’ve got two boys that are 16 and 18, and when I think about it, the Redskins have been mostly bad in their lives. The Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were terrible when I was a kid; my kids and their entire generation think of the Redskins the same way now.

In an ESPN The Magazine profile of him in August, Rodgers said Colin Kaepernick “should be on an NFL roster right now” and “I think because of the protests, he’s not.” After Rodgers posted that photo to Instagram, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady commented with an “arm muscle” emoji, seemingly as a display of support for Rodgers’ message.

Anquan Boldin, who stepped away from football before this season to get more involved with social activism, discussed the national anthem protests at the start of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown and also shared this message on social media:

The Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell might be the best running back in football, but he can also line up wide. He caught 75 passes in 12 games last year, and he has another 66 catches already this season. The usage actually led to a contract dispute — Bell held out all of training camp because he wanted to be paid like a receiver. It may not be the last time the issue arises.cowboys_094

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