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Letter to the NFL from Marine Colonel Jeffrey Powers USMC ( Retired)

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This letter has been circulating around the internet and we thought we would reproduce it here.

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Friends and family if you don’t read anything else read this by Colonel Jeffrey Powers USMC ( Retired). Colonel Powers is a friend and brother to all of the Witcher brothers for many years, a magnificent warrior and a hell of a mans man:
I just sent this letter to the commissioner of the NFL:
Commissioner
I’ve been a season pass holder at Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl and Giants Stadium.
I missed the ’90-’91 season because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm. 14 of my wonderful Marines returned home with the American Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation with one of them, Sgt Garrett Mongrella, was about how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it.
Many friends, Marines, and Special Forces Soldiers who worked with or for me through the years returned home with the American Flag draped over their coffins.
Now I watch multi millionaire athletes who never did anything in their lives but play a game, disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for. They are essentially spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men, men who have actually done something for this country beside playing with a ball and believing they’re something special! They’re not! My Marines and Soldiers were!
You are complicit in this!
You’ll fine players for large and small infractions but you lack the morale courage and respect for our nation and the fallen to put an immediate stop to this.
Yes, I know, it’s their 1st Amendment right to behave in such a despicable manner. What would happen if they came out and disrespected you or the refs publicly?
I observed a player getting a personal foul for twerking in the end zone after scoring. I guess that’s much worse than disrespecting the flag and our National Anthem. Hmmmmm, isn’t it his 1st Amendment right to express himself like an idiot in the end zone? Why is taunting not allowed yet taunting America is ok? You fine players for wearing 9-11 commemorative shoes yet you allow scum on the sidelines to sit, kneel or pump their pathetic fist in the air. They are so deprived with their multimillion dollar contracts for playing a freaking game! You condone it all by your refusal to act. You’re just as bad and disgusting as they are. I hope Americans boycott any sponsor who supports that rabble you call the NFL. I hope they turn off the TV when any team that allowed this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines. I applause those who have not.
Legends and heroes do NOT wear shoulder pads. They wear body armor and carry rifles.
They make minimum wage and spend months and years away from their families. They don’t do it for an hour on Sunday. They do 24/7 often with lead,not footballs, coming in their direction. They watch their brothers carted off in pieces not on a gurney to get their knee iced. They don’t even have ice! Many do t have legs or arms. Some wear blue and risk their lives daily on the streets of America. They wear fire helmets and go upstairs into the fire rather than down to safety. On 9-11, hundreds vanished. They are the heroes.
I hope that your high paid protesting pretty boys and you look in that mirror when you shave tomorrow and see what you really are, legends in your own minds. You need to hit the road and take those worms with you!
Time to change the channel.
Col Jeffrey A Powers USMC(ret)

 

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AMEN to that!  Thanks for sending it out

Karen

OUTSTANDING MARINE… SEMPER FIDELIS!

Dear Flag Works:
Thank you for sharing Colonel Powers’ poignant, powerful letter!
I am a proud U.S. Army veteran, and like Col. Powers, I am disgusted by the NFL players’ protests!
While our First Amendment guarantees them the right to protest, their choice to do so during our National Anthem desecrates everything that America stands for.
I am 78 years of age, but if the NFL players insist on “taking a knee”, I would happily give each of them one, applied forcefully to their groins!
God Bless America!
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Meredith, NH
Excellent. Well said. Usaf ret msgt
Dear Flag Works,
 
Your email regarding an opinion from “A Retired Marine”, Col Jeffrey A Powers USMC is abhorrent and distasteful. I am surprised that you are willing to alienate your customer base by taking such a divisive stance on by sending an opinion piece based on political rhetoric.
 
My father was also a USMC veteran. A private second class who served in WW2.  Unlike the Colonel, he stood by his service oath: He put the US Constitution, the American people and their civil rights ahead of all else. The flag and the anthem are only symbols and are worthless without them.  It’s apparent you don’t want any of my future business so I am unsubscribing from your email list and taking it elsewhere.
 
Sincerely,
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