Former Texas football player and Green Beret Nate Boyer has been a frequent participant in the Colin Kaepernick debate over the past 14 months, with Boyer even being one that helped advise Kaepernick when the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback originally started his protest last year.
Boyer was recently interviewed by Tim Rohan of Sports Illustrated, and Boyer spoke on what he would like to see from Kaepernick going forward. Here’s a small snippet from that conversation:
It’s reaching out to the President. I mean, reaching out to the owners is a step, yes. But I’m a big idea guy. I’m always thinking, what’s going to have the biggest impact possible? Those types of things are what our country needs to see right now. We need to see people having conversations who disagree with each other. President Trump and Colin Kaepernick—if they sat down in a room and have a civil conversation, it’d be a very different one from what we’re seeing on social media and in the mainstream media. It’d be something that, I think, would calm down a lot of people in the country, if they were willing to sit down and have a grownup conversation.
President Trump has become a big figure in the recent NFL protests, as the President’s comments about Kaepernick back in September sparked even more protesting from players across the league.
Getting Kaepernick and Trump together for a conversation could prove to be difficult, and there could be nothing that results of said hypothetical sit-down. However, Boyer does make a good point about how the two sides have become increasingly agitated at each other through the media in the past year; it has obviously gotten to the point where even just a civil conversation between high-profile members on each side seems like a big compromise.
After serving multiple tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, Boyer enrolled at Texas, where he made the football team as a walk on. Boyer, a long snapper, also was once of a member of the Seattle Seahawks practice squad.