Players from teams like the New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, the Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins, took knees during the anthem. With the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, and Pittsburgh Steelers — the entire teams didn’t even take the field during the national anthem. During the Seahawks vs. Titans game, national anthem singer Meghan Linsey took a knee after her performance . A number of players who didn’t kneel instead stood behind the protestors with their arms linked together in another sign of unity.
Michael Stone agrees. "I think a lot of athletes want to retire and move into the corporate realm and come into an organization at a management position. But they're 30 years old and they've never been in a corporate setting. I understand the frustration these guys feel. They may have a great NFL résumé, but in reality that's just a big gap in their real résumé," he says. "My biggest piece of advice to athletes is to network. Get to know people in your community as your career comes to an end. Use that to gain experience and to grow."