To the NFL … The Real 100 Yards

Last I checked … we soldiers, YOUR defenders of freedom, have played both offense and defense on fields of battle longer than those that chose to take a knee …

100 YARDS … on our field of battle is much different!

There are no TV timeouts or injury timeouts. There are no water boys or locker rooms either. We do however have cheerleaders! They are our family, our uniformed brothers and sisters and our fellow countrymen who STAND for us, STAND beside us or STAND behind us!!! They STAND … not to cheer, but to respect those that were on those tough 100 YARDS.

Our 100 YARDS some bled for … Our 100 YARDS some died for. For some, our 100 YARDS will be forever carried in their minds and relived every day … for others, our 100 YARDS will be forever carried and felt by their bodies … because our 100 YARDS … TOOK IT ALL …

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(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, Army North PAO)

Our 100 YARDS consists of fields like Gettysburg, Normandy, Iwo Jima, La Drang Valley, Hamburger Hill, and Fallujah … Our 100 yards is littered with the souls of those who fought and died for those tough 100 YARDS …

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“Flag raising on Iwo Jima.” Joe Rosenthal, Associated Press, February 23, 1945. (Flicker)

And, at the end of our 100 Yards, there is no ridiculous touchdown celebration or reward … our 100 yards will not equal a bonus or any extra pay in our small paycheck … too us … that 100 YARDS may give us a chance to gain a small victory and live another day … or maybe a chance to go home … until then …

IT’S JUST ANOTHER 100 YARDS …

THIS IS TO ALL THAT HAVE DONE THE REAL 100 YARDS!!!!

I SALUTE YOU … THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE … I WILL ALWAYS BE PROUD TO STAND BESIDE YOU!!!

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TO THE NFL PLAYERS WHO KNEEL … I CHALLENGE YOU … WHEN YOU KNEEL … DO IT WHILE LOOKING INTO THE EYES OF SOMEONE WHO DID THE REAL 100 YARDS …

– Shane Netherton, CEO, Spartacusglobal.com