It was hard to miss. Bears players locked arms during the National Anthem. Steelers players stayed in their locker room, except one, a military veteran, who stood near the mouth of the tunnel. When the song was over and the Steelers took the field, a segment of Bears nation voiced their displeasure. “It was probably the loudest boos I’ve ever heard in my life,” said Serage Rahn, an MRI technologist from Burbank. Part of it might have been simple hatred of the opposition, but most felt there was more behind the boos. “I thought it was a little much, but I didn’t boo them,” Rahn said. “I think this country is founded on free speech and you get to do what you want.” Dan Conan, 53, a firefighter
The Pittsburgh Steelers decided as a team to remain in the tunnel during the national anthem before Sunday's game to show unity and avoid being part of the political discussion about protests during the song. On Monday, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger decided to go public with his feelings about the team's decision and the national anthem in general. "The idea was to be unified as a team when so much attention is paid to things dividing our country, but I wish we approached it differently," Roethlisberger said in a statement. "We did not want to appear divided on the sideline with some standing and some kneeling or sitting. "As a team, it was not a protest of the flag or the Anthem. I personally
With the Green Bay Packers dealing with three tackles on the injury report this week and a game against the Chicago Bears quickly approaching on Thursday night, the team has had to look elsewhere for additional depth up front. According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, the Packers are signing tackle Ulrick John off the practice squad of the Arizona Cardinals. The move was confirmed by John’s agent, Leonard Roth.