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Seattle Seahawks DE Michael Bennett speaks at a press conference

Texas A&M’s Michael Bennett receives support from Missouri’s Justin Britt during national anthem protest

Joe Clarkin

Former Texas A&M star Michael Bennett’s name has been in headlines at lot lately, as he’s chosen to sit during the national anthem as a form of protest.

Bennett certainly isn’t the first or most notable player to take a similar approach — that would be former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — but now that Kaepernick is out of a job, Bennett has become the most notable NFL player refusing to stand for the anthem. On Friday night, however, he was given some support by Seahawks’ teammates, and former Missouri star, Justin Britt:

Britt, who signed a three-year, $27 million extension with Seattle earlier this week, was asked about why he chose to join Bennett for the national anthem prior to Friday’s game. Here is what he told News Tribune reporter Gregg Bell in response:

Bennett certainly seemed appreciative of Britt’s actions during the post-game press conference, according to ESPN.com:

“A very emotional moment to have that kind of solidarity from someone like¬†Justin Britt, who’s a known leader in our locker room, who’s from a different part of America than me,” Bennett said. “But to be able to have that solidarity and to be able to have somebody who is behind me and know that it’s someone that I really trust and to see him put everything on the line to support one of his teammates, I thought that was a very special moment.”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had some kind words to say about Britt’s actions as well:

Britt, who is white, hails from a small town in rural Missouri, so it may be a bit surprising that he was the one to show solidarity with his teammate. However, the Missouri program has also shown itself to be more politically activate than most, from Michael Sam’s coming out in 2013, to the 2015 campus protests.