Pouncey guaranteed 100 percent participation among Steelers in standing for the national anthem at M & T Bank Stadium.
“I’m very sorry to anyone who feels the way that they do”, Pouncey said. Head coach Mike Tomlin and other coaches stood on the sideline during the anthem, while offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a former U.S. Army Ranger who served in Afghanistan, stood separately outside of the tunnel during “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
After President Donald Trump on Friday criticized National Football League players who kneel during the anthem and said they should be fired, the Steelers chose to remain inside the tunnel before their game Sunday against the Chicago Bears. “There’s a lot of arguments and points, but I care about the flag dearly, and trust me, this team will be out there standing this Sunday”. “Trust me, this team will be out there standing”.
“I think the bigger message was we were trying to stay out of it”.
“Absolutely”, he said. “We love this country. We gotta make it right, and I honestly think we will go out and make it right”.
We know there are injustices in this world and different things, but for me, personally, football is for football and that what we need to approach it as. We’ll be there and we’ll help you guys do whatever you want.
“We saw what happened last week, so I’m done speaking on everybody else”, Moats said.
While we are on the subject of bad offenses, I present to you the Baltimore Ravens.
We’ve dealt with enough issues that don’t have to deal with the actual play on the football field.
“Hopefully, whenever the fans and everyone sees us out there this Sunday, that they know it was a big misunderstanding, that we really do respect our flag and that we really are going to be out there supporting and doing the right things that we’re supposed to do in representing this organization”.