In a simple display of non-violent protest, NFL players across the country have joined Colin Kaepernick in his refusal to salute the flag during the National Anthem, a controversial action which seeks to draw attention to racially-motivated police brutality.

Though Kaepernick has been treated with outrage and fury over his simple protest, the growing support from others – including his fellow teammates – means that this display might eventually produce meaningful results.

On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, four African American Miami Dolphin players took a knee during the pledge, though two of the four still held their hands over their hearts. Arian Foster was the first to take a knee on the Seattle field, followed by Jelani Jenkins, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills.

Interestingly, when Kaepernick first made his stand – by sitting – Foster was one of many players who said that they would not be following in his footsteps.

“I don’t necessarily see that as a solution to anything. This is me talking. This is Arian talking. If that’s what he felt, that’s his form of protest, I support his right to protest. Those are his thoughts, his opinions.”

Apparently things have changed in recent weeks.

The Dolphins issued a statement saying that they encourage all members of the organization to stand for the pledge but also recognize each person’s individual right to refrain from standing.

Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at