NFL players, coaches and fans react to Colin Kaepernick protest
SAN DIEGO -- Nate Boyer, the Green Beret-turned-long snapper who wrote a compassionate letter to Colin Kaepernick this week, will be on the 49ers sideline today.
Kaepernick and Boyer spoke for 90 minutes after Kaepernick invited Boyer to San Diego, according to a report by FOX Sports Jay Glazer.
Per Glazer, Boyer said the two discussed, "being able to move forward and understanding what his message is but also understanding what that flag means is important. We talked about change a lot and how to get positive change to happen. We talked about issues that are taking place in this country and how to prompt change but i also reminded him the great freedoms and luxuries we have in America."
Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the national anthem prompted Boyer to write the quarterback a letter in the Army Times.
In it, Boyer admitted his initial reaction to Kaepernick’s protest was anger but that he would try to understand what the quarterback is doing.
“There are already plenty people fighting fire with fire, and it’s just not helping anyone or anything,” Boyer wrote. “So I’m just going to keep listening, with an open mind. I look forward to the day you’re inspired to once again stand during our national anthem. I’ll be standing right there next to you. Keep on trying.”
Boyer had a short stint as a long snapper for the Seattle Seahawks during last year’s preseason. Earlier in 2015, Boyer tried out for the 49ers. In his letter Boyer said he grew up a 49ers fan and has been rooting for Kaepernick since he became a starter in 2012.