By Linda L Barton
For years little boys have dreamed of growing up and becoming a professional football player. Many of those will go on to play High School football, and some even will play college ball. However, only a small number of those boys are able to move on to play professional football.
Apparently, some have forgotten how fortunate they are to be able to suit up and run out on the field. This season has caused a rift between players and fans with the whole taking a knee protest. Many fans have decided to turn off their favorite teams and watch something else. Some diehard fans have even taken to burning their team gear and season tickets.
Over the weeks, it seems the protest has finally taken a turn with fewer players disrespecting the national anthem, and some fans putting their anger aside to enjoy the rest of the season. However, it seems there is a player who cannot put his personal feelings aside.
NFL Star Chris Long has announced that he has no plans to go to the White House if the Eagles win the Super Bowl.
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) January 29, 2018
In a report by the New York Daily News, they state: The Philadelphia Eagles defensive end skipped out on the 1600 Pennsylvania Ave visit last year, too, when he was a member of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl championship team.
“No, I’m not going to the White House. Are you kidding me?” Long said in a recent interview on the Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast:
Long, who was also among the supporters of the NFL kneeling, stated he doesn’t have a particular interest in visiting the White House as he believes the American President is on the wrong side of the history and he doesn’t have any intention of hanging out with him.
However, Long’s team, Eagles, is known for its number of Christian players. In October, wide receiver Marcus Johnson was baptized, and in December 2016, tight-end, Trey Burton baptized five of his teammates.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz said in November that he and some of his fellow athletes, “get together the night before the game and just kind of pray, talk through the Bible, what guys have been reading, what they’re struggling with, and kind of just keep it real with each other.”
With the Super Bowl this Sunday, we’ll have to wait and see if this whole discussion even matters.