The Seattle Seahawks have organized a team unity stance to take place during the national anthem this Sunday, September 11th.
This is a very important date in our nation's history for obvious reasons, but Nate wants to make sure the message is consistent with the idea of positive change through unified action, and not become misconstrued due to the sensitivity of the timing.
Read Nate's comments on this and much more here during an original QA with Fox Sports Radio:
FSR: Nate thank you for joining us today. A bit of personal background on you to start. You spoke with Jay Mohr recently here on Fox Sports Radio about your career path and the way you ended up on an NFL sideline. What would you say was the key to your success on both a professional and personal level?
Nate Boyer: To be successful you have to possess a willingness to outwork those around you.
Along with that you have to be able to sacrifice. That is a huge part of becoming successful, being willing to give up something you may care about to reach your goal. Sacrifice is key to success with anybody in any profession, and you have to give up something of meaning in order to to achieve great things.
I was able to get to where I did because I sacrificed time, safety, and a lot of other luxuries to get where I wanted.
FSR: There is a lot of great stuff going on around you right now, and your name has been in the news recently in regards to Colin Kaepernick. What did you take away from your conversation that maybe people haven’t asked you about yet?
Nate: What is important here is the message behind what he is doing. What I am standing for is his right to protest, but what is most important is action afterward. What is he going to continue to do?
The other players across the league need to put their money where their mouth is, literally, and even besides investing in those communities that need it most, they should be at the forefront of moving conversation forward. Getting down to the grassroots level and getting involved is what it is all about.
Protest and expecting someone else to fix the problem is not inspiring, and that is not his intention. People are supporting him, which is great, and his donation from jersey sales is awesome, but you need measurable goals and people need to get physically involved in the process to format change.
FSR: You are working with merging vets and players (MVP) alongside Jay Glazer. Can you explain a little about that and how people can get involved?
Merging vets and players came about from continued conversations I had with Jay Glazer on the similarities between athletes returning home after their playing days are done, and veterans returning home after time of service ends.
Trying to find another mission again is a struggle for a lot of guys. Veterans aren’t getting the care they need, and neither are players. The fact that there is so much mutual respect for each other between athletes and veterans is what made this possible.
They have all sacrificed a lot to get elite within their respective fields. We give them back that sense of comradery, and set objectives for the next mission in life. Allowing them to find that passion they once found from the field of play or field of battle. Loss of identity can really negatively influence a lot of veterans and ex-athletes, and that is why it is the basis of our mission.
FSR: The Seattle Seahawks plan to unify as a team and protest the national anthem together this weekend. What are your thoughts on that?
It has to be a team first approach in order to get anything done. Whether it is Kaepernick's mission changing policy, or changing things on the field, you have to be unified. Showing a common goal between different walks of life is how you influence change.
I spoke with the players, and they realize that 9/11 is a very important day in our nation’s history. The Seahawks, and probably every team, will be honoring those who serve in camouflage, and also those in blue who served on such a difficult day. Shortly after 9/11 our country seemed more unified than I had ever experienced, and was the most unified it has been since I have been alive. Since that date, we have grown farther apart in our unity. Standing together this Sunday is key to making progress. What the team will do is a powerful sign of unification.
In fact, that is how the Seahawks have been so successful on the field as well, I saw it firsthand. They place so much emphasis on competition within the team and making each other better. That is crucial to the success in any mission. Whether it is a fire fight, on a football field, or changing society.
Talked to the @Seahawks What the team will do is a powerful sign of unification + respect for the Anthem + those that fight for our Freedom!— Nate Boyer (@NateBoyer37) September 8, 2016