NFL Open Letter From U.S Marine 11

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I’ve been a season pass holder at Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl and Giants Stadium.

I missed the ’90-’91 season because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm. 14 of my wonderful Marines returned home with the American Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation with one of them, Sgt Garrett Mongrella, was about how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it.

Many friends, Marines, and Special Forces Soldiers who worked with or for me through the years returned home with the American Flag draped over their coffins.

Now I watch multi-millionaire athletes who never did anything in their lives but play a game, disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for.


They are essentially spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men, men who have actually done something for this country beside playing with a ball and believing they’re something special! They’re not!

My Marines and Soldiers were!
You are complicit in this!


You’ll fine players for large and small infractions but you lack the moral courage and respect for our nation and the fallen to put an immediate stop to this.

Yes, I know, it’s their 1st Amendment right to behave in such a despicable manner. What would happen if they came out and disrespected you or the refs!

I observed a player getting a personal foul for twerking in the end zone after scoring. I guess that’s much worse than disrespecting the flag and our National Anthem. Hmmmmm, isn’t it his 1st Amendment right to express himself like an idiot in the end zone?

Why is taunting not allowed yet taunting America is OK? You fine players for wearing 9-11 commemorative shoes yet you allow scum on the sidelines to sit, kneel or pump their pathetic fist in the air. They are so deprived with their multi-million dollar contracts for playing a freaking game! You condone it all by your refusal to act. You’re just as bad and disgusting as they are. I hope Americans boycott any sponsor who supports that rabble you call the NFL. I hope they turn off the TV when any team that allowed this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines. I applaud those who have not.

Legends and heroes do NOT wear shoulder pads. They wear body armor and carry rifles.
They make minimum wage and spend months and years away from their families. They don’t do it for an hour on Sunday.

They do it 24/7 often with lead, not footballs, coming in their direction. They watch their brothers carted off in pieces not on a gurney to get their knee iced. They don’t even have ice!

Many don’t have legs or arms.
Some wear blue and risk their lives daily on the streets of America. They wear fire helmets and go upstairs into the fire rather than down to safety. On 9-11, hundreds vanished. They are the heroes.

I hope that your high paid protesting pretty boys and you look in that mirror when you shave tomorrow and see what you really are, legends in your own minds. You need to hit the road and take those worms with you!

Time to change the channel.

Col Jeffrey A Powers USMC (Ret)
Vista, California


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11 thoughts on “NFL Open Letter From U.S Marine

  • Rev. Maria Ester Margi

    The President and Mrs. Trump have done a remarkable job in the short time of his presidency. I have utmost confidence in his performance in every area of government and I have never felt more safer and confident in our President as I do now with Mr. Trump in office. He speaks what is the heart of the American people. He is a man of God for the hour for such a time as this. Considering he was left a load of garbage to contend with. He is getting things in order. America will arise from the Ashes.

  • Rev. Maria Ester Margi

    I was sooo touched by the letter from the US Marine. I couldnt help but cry as I read it to my son . Its so true and broke my heart. As one who hosts the Viet Nam Wall when it came to our City and after seeing the many suffering men who still feel the pains of war as if it were just yesterday. I feel so upset that someone could diss our flag during our time of honouring our country when we pay allegiance and try and come together in unity. Many of these players eat off the fat of the land because of men who gave their lives so they can act like 1year olds. Everything has a time and a place that is a sacred time and should be honoured.

  • Rev. Maria Ester Margi

    God bless President Trump and Mrs Trump
    his family and cabinet and God bless and have mercy on the
    United States of America
    In God we do Trust!

  • Jo Anna Kalber

    Frankly, I’m ashamed of their sorry asses. They are privileged to live in a great country, – one which gives them the opportunity be
    become what they are personally, financially, hopefully spiritually. If they can’t respect it’s flag, it’s national anthem, and it’s values,
    they should maybe head off to some third world country and see what life there is all about for the unprivileged! Their buddy started
    this knee crap because he was unduly influence by is petty (not pretty) little Muslim girlfriend and her perpetual hate-genes. Now she’s
    pissed the money is running out. Morons followed his stupidity. They deserve to have their run out too! Apparently, they don’t really
    need to get lots of head-blows to acquire brain damage just like some.

  • Connie Vincent

    Col Jeffrey A. Powers USMC RET. I read your letter and I had tears in my eyes because you spoke the truth, I just hope that all Military Families read this. I am one my Husband is a Retired Marine in the USMC he was away from his family a lot and to this day he remembers coming back from Viet Nam and people calling him names when he got off the plane SO GOD BLESS YOU FOR WHAT YOU TOLD THOSE FOOTBALL PLAYERS YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD

  • Grahame Loadsman

    As a lifetime Aussie soldier, I served alongside American Services in VietNam and various other not-so-hostile locations during my 23 years service, I totally support Colonel Powers and his words and sentiments. Unfortunately, we have many similar instances in Australia from the young, priveleged and those who consider the world owes evrything to them.

  • Richard

    I met 2 American Vets in one day Black Vets I met one at a hospital where he was waiting on his wife to finish up with her doctor. I noticed he had a WW!! hat that named a battle. I talked to him for about 10 minutes about the battle and he left with his wife never to be seen again. Later on at Walmart I met another Black man with a WW!! hat on but not showing any battle it only had a couple years on it. I told him about the gentleman I had met at the hospital and I could see his interest as I spoke. He told me that he had been in the same battle only he was on the ground fighting while the other was giving air support. He was in the USMC and the other was in the USAF both retired. I shook his hand as I did the first one and thanked him for his service I asked him why when he came back you couldn’t find a vet to talk about there battles but they seem to be more taking about them now. He told me that his head doctor told him that he needed to talk about it to get it out and so that it would help with the nightmares. When I see the NFL and these over paid under educated SOBs taking a knee during the Anthem all I see is disrespect for our Vets and there families. See I’m what you call a Brat an USAF Brat Born On England Air Force Base Located In Alexandria La I was born on the Base 1960 ! of 5 kids that was drug around these United States and Germany moving every 3 years one time we only stayed 11 months went to 9 different schools. My father spent 27 years in the Service I was 17 when he got out. Respect is all I have for these service men My stepson use to be over the 21 gun salute and would hand the flags to the widows of these dying vets. Until one day his mother was handed a flag off his coffin no ideal how it feels to see a love one u love hurt so bad her child was now gone. Disrespect you are dam straight these people are disrespecting our great Service Men and Women of this Country. I will never watch another Saints game again or support the NFL in any manner. Out of respect fpr my Country and the Vets and Service people and my Family I suggest you do the same Boycott Sunday go to a VA hospital and meet some real heroes not some over paid punk that think they own America show them who really runs it. When they look up in the stands let them see empty seats lets see how many millions we can cause them to lose this Sunday turn your TVs off and go enjoy life The next time these guys take a Knee lets make it begging America for there jobs back.

    • Rosa Beaty

      Thank you for your response. I’m a state over (assume you’re in Louisiana). It pains me to give up on watching my ‘BOYS play; however, watching what the NFL players are doing while the national anthem is playing and our honor guard displays our COLORS, is EVEN MORE painful.

  • Christine

    Thank you for your service and words of wisdom. You hit the nail on the head. Love it, they get a foul for dancing in the end zone or disrespecting a ref. But it’s ok in their eyes to disrespect the flag. How does all of the men and women of all races and creed who fought to give us freedom, and the right to speak, etc., equate to black lives matter or police brutality, or whatever they are going on about. It doesn’t. And if they have some quam they should go to the local square and practice their right or go to their local government, etc and let them know how you feel. Gather as many people as you can and peacefully protest and fight for what you believe in. The field or stage is not the right place. It’s your workplace. It’s where you get paid. You are paid because the free world wants to be entertained… we pay for that entertainment. For me and probably most people with good morals and good work ethic would never ever attempt to do anything like it. We are paid to do a job, not complain about all of our problems and what we may feel is unjust in this world. However we do get together often and volunteer ourselves to help people in need, help clean up the environment and anything else to help our local communities. So boys and girls, grow up, play hard on the field, act your hearts out on stage, provide us entertainmemt because that is what we are paying for. As for the all of the great men and women who fight for us and those who have fought for us. Give them praise and respect…they earned it and continue to earn it and you don’t have to pay some crazy price for it. They risk their lives day after day for you, me and the rest of the people in this great country. They, our hero, work 24×7 so that we all can live in peace. They don’t have a night of peace. Why do they do it??? Because they believe in this great county, believe that it is worth fighting for, and are willing to make the ultimate sacrafice for all of the American people. If they can sacrafice their life, than you can stand tall with your hand on your heart and sing our beautiful anthem loud and clear… it’s two minutes out of your day… God bless all of our service men and women. I wish you peace and pray for your safety and God bless America.