- Will Rodgers's support help Kaepernick get signed?
- Well, Brady's support got Trump elected, so it's certainly possible.
No, I like my quarterbacks to talk. I like him to be more quarterback than activist, but I like him to talk. And I like that he talked. I don't think it's going to get Kaepernick signed. We had Dak Prescott come out and conversely say, I'm never going to sit for the anthem. I think we're getting high-profile people to talk about it. I think that's very, very healthy. I like it.
I am pro-protesting, pro-kneeling if you have to. I wouldn't do it. But I don't think it has any lasting effect, more than a high profile person. Actors talk about stuff all the time. Movie stars do. It doesn't change policy.
- I read a great deal of this story. It's a long piece. Aaron Rodgers actually went to the home of the writer. Aaron Rodgers actually tape recorded the conversation. He's a very cautious guy. And so I just don't know what else he could say.
Aaron Rodgers is cautious. He took a tape recorder. Rather than having the reporter in his home, he went to the reporter's home. So obviously, he's very guarded. And so when asked the Kaepernick question to a man who's very guarded, there's really only one option. Yeah, I think he should be in the league. Because if you say anything else, you've launched a storm. And so I don't think this will help. I think Aaron Rodgers has said what any white quarterback asked that question probably has to say.
- Why do you keep looking at me?
- I'm looking-- I'm just looking around.
- Go ahead, [INAUDIBLE].
- I love the fact that Aaron Rodgers came out and supported. This is what I'd like to see from more players around the league. Support the guy. What he said is spot on. He is better-- he is just as good as the top 64 quarterbacks in the league, if not better than half of those. He should have a job in the league. Aaron Rodgers is spot on. And I just want to see more players come to his defense rather than being divisive and talking about what he can't do.
Look, this is a guy that took a team to a Super Bowl, was that close to winning a Super Bowl. So to tell me that he can't play. His skills might not be where they need to be. But his skills are a heck of a lot better than a lot of quarterbacks that are on the roster right now.
- Roger Staubach took his teams to the Super Bowl too. Should he be playing?
- Stan Humphries.
- If he was 40 years younger, yeah.
- I don't-- I mean, obviously what Aaron said was great. I agree with you. I think it was great that he even took a chance because he is guarded, very calculated. He understands what it means to respond to a situation like this. But it's not going to get Colin Kaepernick a job.
The difference with the NFL versus the National Basketball Association, the players, they have a say. The LeBron James, the Kevin Durants and stuff, they have influence, major influence on their teams, in that league, within their organization.
- So when Chris Jackson and Craig Hodges got ran out of the NBA, it's because the NBA is so tolerant, and the NFL isn't.
- Well, no, I'm not saying that. I'm not saying that. But you didn't have players standing up and supporting them like you have now. But in the NFL, it's about the shield first, not the players.
- And players know that.
- And players know that.
- By the way, college football is about the coach.
- That's their shield.
- And so for me, I think it's great that Aaron Rodgers-- the number one takeaway that I took away from this was he said, I don't understand, but what I do understand is that it is an issue, and that my position is completely different than theirs. My experiences are different than theirs. But I support them in what they go through and what they have to deal with. I know I don't have to.
- For the 25 years I've been doing this, nobody ever comes up with me and says, I love what you said about this, although I totally disagree. We are in a society now that seeks affirmation, not information. What I like about this story is Aaron's on one side and Dak's on the other. And I agree with both of them.
People only like opinions when they agree with them. Regardless of the side, Dak said, I'm an anthem guy. Aaron's like, I get the kneel guy. That's healthy. There are countries, provinces, and jurisdictions you can't criticize the flag, the dictator, the religion. I like that two star quarterbacks took opposing sides.
- I just happen to believe, perhaps wrongly, that Dak was honest, and Aaron Rodgers said what he had to say. Because if Aaron Rodgers was really down for the cause, you know what? He's got a lot of power. You know what? Kaepernick should be my backup quarterback. Kaepernick should be on our roster.
- No. That's not going--
- Well, clearly it's not going to happen because it ain't what he believes.
- But you can always, when you're in the position Aaron Rodgers is in, defer not to even answer the question.
- So he answered the question.
- They can spin it.
- Well, spin it if you want to. But then, I think he's honest because he spoke what he felt. He spoke what he thought. He spoke about things that he talked to his teammates about in support of Colin Kaepernick. He did not have to say anything. All he had to do was say, you know what? I really don't want to touch that.