Jake Plummer weighs in on what ex-teammate Pat Tillman would think about national anthem protests

Posted at 6:03 PM, Sep 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 21:03:40-04

The name of former Arizona State star Pat Tillman, who died in Afghanistan after leaving the NFL to serve in the U.S. Army, has been invoked by President Trump and others during the ongoing debate about NFL national anthem protests.

On Monday, Trump retweeted this tweet as part of his assertion that all NFL players should stand during the national anthem.

On Monday, Pat Tillman's widow Marie said her late husband's name should never be used for political purposes. Also on Monday, former ASU and Cardinals quarterback Jake Plummer weighed in on what his ex-teammate would think about players who kneel or take a knee during the national anthem.

In a series of tweets Monday, Plummer, who played alongside Tillman at both ASU and with the Cardinals, said he wishes Tillman was here to provide clarity on what his position would be regarding anthem protests, and he said Tillman was a strong advocate of freedom of speech. Plummer also said ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez was "spot on" after Gomez suggested Tillman would have taken a knee alongside other NFL players.

Plummer also took issue with a fan who insisted Tillman wouldn't have had any part of the anthem protests.