One of the most beloved traditions in college football is the intramural rivalry colloquially known as the Army-Navy game. Its hallmark is patriotism, and Americans all around the world tune in to root for their favorite military branch.
Following the shameful anti American display by 49er player Kaepernick who took a knee to protest ‘racism’, this was a breath of fresh air.
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The game between the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York and the United States Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis, Maryland had nothing to do with the standings of any teams (besides these two). As is often the case (the game has been played 117 times), the game was intense. Navy, who was favored to win, did not, but it was still a good game.
Thousands watch the special game just before the official bowl begins. It isn’t about teams, it’s about a love of the sport and coming together as Americans.
Yet many wondered what, if any, protest might sneak into the event. Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protests have spread from the professional field to colleges, and down through the leagues.
However, the players on these teams don’t care about football as much as they care about their future service in the Army of Navy. The rivalry between the teams is purely for fun, and the teams came together as one for a beautiful rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
They understand that the national anthem isn’t just about America, but the brave soldiers that have given everything in service of their country.
Benny Johnson form the Independent Journal Review, recorded this video: