NFL commissioner Roger Goodell needs to get a backbone and require the football players to show respect for our country. He needs to change "should" to "must" stand for the national anthem. The NFL meeting of players and 11 owners only talked about enhancing the players' platforms for speaking out on social issues. The players are there to play football, that is all.

I am really ashamed of the NFL and will not watch any football games. It is supposed to be our (national) sport; the fans are tired of seeing some of the players' disrespect for our country. If they don't like our country they should leave the U.S. It would be an eyeopener.

It hurts my heart to see all the disrespect because my dad was a World War II veteran and he loved our country. The real heroes are the veterans and present military who show respect for the flag and country, not the NFL players who make big money and cannot show respect for our country.

As a retired elementary school teacher, I always taught respect for our flag and country. I am proud of that. By the way, I was in a classroom in 2001 when the Twin Towers came down. It could happen again. Are you going to disrespect our country then, NFL players?

Judy J. Hoback, Normal

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