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Mike Rowe responds to Kaepernick question by invoking 9/11 hero

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Mike Rowe does not dispute Colin Kaepernick the right to protest, but he has a different idea of what a hero is.

The “Dirty jobs” host posted a message on his Facebook page in response to a fan who asked about Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who is at the centre of a major new Nike ad campaign lauding the people who ‘ Believe in something. Even if that means sacrificing everything.”

“Hi Sam,” Rowe wrote. “Nike is free to celebrate who they want, and Kaepernick has a right to his opinion — kneeling, standing or lying. But if I was going to have someone’s face on a billboard — someone who embodied courage and sacrifice-I might have gone a different way, especially this time of the year. I would have gone with this guy — Tom Burnett.”

Who is Burnett? He was one of the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked by the Islamic terrorists of 9/11, and forced into a Shanksville, Pennsylvania. field by passengers, including Burnett, who fought back.

Tom Burnett fought back against the terrorists on Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001.

“We’re going to do something,” Burnett told his wife in a phone call, the transcript of which Rowe posted on his page.

“His last words to his wife, Deena, are some of the most inspiring I’ve ever heard,” wrote Rowe. “Those exact words are at the top of this page and at the bottom. They are spoken, seventeen years ago, under the same conditions, I hope that I never experience. I will never forget Tom’s last words. I hope you don’t.”

 

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