From a Green Beret-turned-long snapper
De Oppresso Liber. (To Free the Oppressed)
From a Green Beret-turned-long…
• Colin: I’m a big fan. I’ve been pulling for you ever since I first saw you play in the 2012 preseason. I was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and have been a die-hard 49ers fan as long as I can remember — growing up, I was Joe Montana for Halloween two years straight.
• I proudly wore the red and gold for an afternoon when I had a tryout with the 49ers last spring. I ultimately ended up in training camp with the Seattle Seahawks, but I’ll never forget the one day I got to be a 49er.
• I don’t know a lot, but I do know that I catch a lot of flak for expressing my opinions, something you are now very familiar with.
• I also know you support the military — “God Bless Our Troops” is written on the football that you and former 49er teammate Colt McCoy signed for one of the charities I work with.
• Unfortunately, I also know that racism still exists in our country, as it does in every other country on this planet, and I hate that I know that. I hate the third verse of our national anthem, but thankfully we don’t sing that verse anymore. I hate that at times I feel guilty for being white.
• I am in no way political, but I’m proud that we have an African-American president, and that I got to serve under him. Overcoming racism at home is a slow process, and we still have a long way to go, but most of us are trying. That’s what sets us apart from so many other places. In this country, no matter who you are, where you come from, what color you are, you can try.
• I look forward to the day you’re inspired to once again stand during our national anthem. I’ll be standing right there next to you. Keep on trying … De Oppresso Liber. (To Free the Oppressed)
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