Perhaps it’s only coincidental that former Bears coach Mike Ditka spoke out yesterday within hours of the passing of legendary great quarterback Y.A. Tittle on Monday.

Moreover the passing of Tittle at age 90, once again illustrates how far removed this crop of gridiron player is today, to those immortal heroes of yesteryear.

Ditka appeared on Westwood One’s Monday Night Football pre-game radio show with host Jim Gray. And was, of course, asked about the players taking a knee at the playing of the National Anthem, and whether he would bench any of the players if they didn’t stand.

“Yes, I don’t care who you are, how much money you make. If you don’t respect our country, then you shouldn’t be in this country playing football. Go to another country and play football. If you had to go somewhere else and try to play the sport, you wouldn’t have a job. If you don’t respect this flag and this country, then you don’t know what this is all about. I would say, adios.”

The former coach was then asked about the issues regarding “social justice” protests, Ditka suggested that perhaps those calling for “social justice” don’t really have a clue stating; “I don’t know what social injustices [there] have been. Muhammad Ali rose to the top. Jesse Owens is one of the classiest individuals that ever lived. Is everything based on color? I don’t see it that way. You have to be color blind in this country. You have to look at a person for what he is and what he stands for and how he produces — not by the color of his skin. That has never had anything to do with anything."

Perhaps to put Ditka’s words into proper context, Monday a legendary quarterback died, he (Tittle) and Colin Kaepernick shared the same position and both played for the 49’er’s…and both have iconic photos of themselves on the gridiron.

Tittle kneeling in the end-zone, with streams of blood trickling down the side of his face from an open wound on his forehead and cheek after being sacked; Kaepernick off on the sidelines taking a knee at the playing of our National Anthem...which do you think exemplifies greatness?

Ditka wasn't quite finished and had a bit more to say on the subject:

“But, all of a sudden, it has become a big deal now — about oppression. There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of. Now maybe I’m not watching it as carefully as other people. I think the opportunity is there for everybody — race, religion, creed, color, nationality. If you want to work, if you want to try, if you want to put effort in, you can accomplish anything. And we have watched that throughout our history of our country.
“People rise to the top and have become very influential people in our country by doing the right things. I don’t think burning the flag, I don’t think protesting the country, it’s not about the country. They are protesting maybe an individual, and that’s wrong too. You have a ballot box, you have an election. That’s where you protest. You elect the person you want to be in office. And if you don’t get that person in office, I think you respect the other one. Period.”

Do you think the game of football is no longer a sport, but rather another political platform of the left?

Source: Sports-Yahoo

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