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To Brett Favre, an actual combat warrior and a Social Justice Warrior are pretty much the same

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Former NFL star Pat Tillman was a patriot, pure and simple.

After the 9/11 attacks, the Arizona Cardinals safety left pro football, and a $3.6 million contract, to join the Army. Tillman’s brother, Kevin, also volunteered, and both became members of the elite Rangers. 

Pat Tillman initially served in Iraq, a war he opposed, because he believed it was an engineered, wayward distraction from the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and in 2004 was deployed to Afghanistan. In a tragic case of fratricide in April that year, one of Tillman’s fellow Rangers killed him during a purported ambush on their unit.

Army leaders shamefully covered up the details of Tillman’s death and hijacked his story. His family maintained the military did so to either make him a recruiting tool or to ward off an ebb of public support for the war.

Now, Tillman’s name has been invoked in another shameful exhibition.

On Sunday, TMZ Sports reported on its interview with Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. During a discussion of anthem-kneeler Colin Kaepernick, Favre linked Kaepernick’s disrespect for the American flag to Tillman’s willingness to fight for the Stars and Stripes.

“It’s not easy for a guy his age — black or white, Hispanic, whatever — to stop something that you’ve always dreamed of doing, and put it on hold, maybe forever, for something that you believe in,” Favre said glowingly of Kaepernick.

“I can only think of right off the top of my head, Pat Tillman is another guy that did something similar,” Favre added. “And, we regard him as a hero. So, I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.” 

As TMZ reported, “It’s lofty praise from the former Green Bay Packers superstar … but Favre clearly believes Kaep gave up a legitimate NFL career to make his message heard.”

Sure, there’s a direct corollary between a stand-up guy who walked away from a lucrative football career to serve his country in uniform and under fire to fight America’s enemies — and a kneel-down guy who was ushered out of a back-up quarterback’s job after he disrespected the flag and donned socks showing police officers as pigs, and who has exhibited a fondness for America’s left-wing enemies.

Actual warrior. Social Justice Warrior. Both heroes. Same thing.

Except Tillman’s fans didn’t see it quite that way — and rightfully unloaded on Favre on social media. 

On Monday, Favre tried to clarify his remarks.

“Including Pat Tillman’s name in the interview on Colin Kaepernick was not a comparison of the two, but a recognition that they both sidelined their football dreams in pursuit of a cause,” Favre tweeted. “Pat tragically lost his life, making the ultimate sacrifice, and deserves the highest honor.”

Favre’s attempted recovery of his verbal fumble only generated another blitz from Tillman backers.

Again, Tillman voluntarily gave up his football career, joined one of America’s most heralded war-fighting commando units and died while fighting for his country after a fellow soldier’s horrific lapse of judgment. 

Kaepernick, on the other hand, gave up pro football after he was no longer considered good enough to compete on the NFL’s front lines, and became a very wealthy corporate frontman through a willingness to condemn the institutions of the nation that handsomely rewarded him solely for his athletic prowess.

Favre holds three of the NFL’s most dubious records: most career fumbles, most career interceptions and most times sacked in a career. 

That’s fitting, because his massive blunder of a talking point about Tillman and Kaepernick is also one for the record books.

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    JimmyD June 24, 2020

    And I thought Favre was a good guy before this, but now I realize he just doesn’t get it, Never thought he would lean so far over to the left, I guess he was afraid of what might happen after Brees had the earlier issue, so just play along with the mob to keep the boat from rocking, shameful really!

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    Robert Haines June 24, 2020

    I think Favre has had one too many concussions.

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    Jeffrey June 24, 2020

    Captain Vicodin must be back on the magic pills.

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    mark June 24, 2020

    Checked favre’s bio and didn’t notice any military or social justice experience. it would sure be nice if famous people would stick to commenting on something they have some experience in. in other words, who cares what he thinks?

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    Martin Vanwell. Sr June 24, 2020

    You need a psychiatrist and a dictionary Brett

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    John E. June 24, 2020

    Brett !!! How much did someone pay for this?!! Pat Tillman went to war FOR his country while still at the top of his game. Colin K., on the other hand, was being paid multi-millions to play a kids game (or sit on a bench) at the end of a non-illustrious career, and started a war (granted, mostly of hyperbole and words) AGAINST his country! The two should never be mentioned together unless someone is talking football stats!!

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    Charles M. June 24, 2020

    I agree ,all Bret Favre did was insult a real Amrrican hero by comparing him with a POS . Kraperdick is nothing but a vindictive loser .

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    Pat June 24, 2020

    Don’t ever compare anyone who has died serving his country for our freedom to Kaepernick. That is so wrong. You should have kept mouth shut if ask me. You gutless players graveling over a third rate wannabe quarterback. You all belong in Kaepernick class for ruining football. Do you really believe he wasn’t protesting our flag. Get a grip he even once said he would raise Mexico flag before Americans flag. You all forgot the game he played down there. Kaepernick you are nothing to anybody that was a fan of football. Maybe you will pay to fill the stands with your buddies. Don’t forget about ratings on TV. You brought politics into the arena and blamed everyone else for your downfalls. So own it now and reap the down fall. So I guess I can be reimbursed for last 40 years of tickets and collections from NFL. I don’t want any of it now I have been stabbed in back by you.

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    Lorin Smith June 25, 2020

    blatant shameful horse shit. Never served his country in uniform, has no right to compare Pat Tilman to kapernick, not even close to same thing. So backpedal, spin, cry misquote, it doesn’t matter you showed yourself to the world. We all see you now. Very sad

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    Don June 25, 2020

    Just doubletalk. There’s no way to say the two are the same since Tillman was American and Krappernick anti-American.

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    Jack June 25, 2020

    Favre = total jerk and asshole!

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    Bob June 25, 2020

    The quarterback in this story had nothing to say when he was starting and relevant . First of all he was raised by white people in a nice community and never struggled with anything until he was sitting on the bench in the NFL wondering how he was going to earn money. Enter the social justice warrior . I wonder how much work he’s done in poor black communities that he never lived in ? How many of his nike millions has he given to fight social injustice ? He is a FRAUD like many other “celebrities ” who all of a sudden care about whatever is popular on social media today. Comparing a backup quarterback with attitude problems to PAT TILLMAN is like comparing ice cream to shit.

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    david e schwartz June 25, 2020

    Tell Brett Favre to shut up and stay away from Wisconsin. That means Greenbay as well. A lost football fan and will never watch the NFL again thanks to the players and RODGER GOTOHELL.

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