Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since the NFL implemented its anthem policy. The Eagles players, among the NFL’s most vocal and socially aware, backed up their statements they posted on social media last week.
“I think it’s a still a bad idea and something that was unnecessary,” Jenkins said Tuesday, via Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia. “But now there’s a media storm the league has kind of brought on itself.”
“It’s definitely discouraging because I definitely thought we were moving to a place where players obviously wanted a platform and we could create something that was maybe more effective and bigger,” Jenkins said. “I think there’s been a ton of effort and time put into creating that, but then there’s decision that kind of undermines that. I thought the league genuinely was building that, but then when you start trying to mandate things, it’s less likely to help.”
Carthel was in disbelief when he learned of the change in plans. There was a blizzard on the way to Missouri and, really, was Northwest Missouri State vs. North Alabama worth the trouble?
But Perez made the trip anyway, then sat through that blizzard as Northwest Missouri State beat down North Alabama, 29-3.
It was probably negative-five degrees with wind-chill at kickoff, Perez said. And we’re sitting in the stands, just watching. I tried to take a notebook and take notes, but that wasn’t gonna happen just because how cold it was and it was snowing.
Afterward, Perez walked on the field and went through the locker room, wanting to see what it was like, to prepare himself to play in the game the next year. He called Carthel, who was Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China at a Christmas party, to tell the coach that A&M Commerce wasn’t too far off.
I got to questioning myself, Carthel said. I’m like, ‘Geez, this guy’s our quarterback, he’s much more dedicated than I am, driving across the country just to experience the [DII] National Championship Game.’