Ever since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee during the United States national anthem prior to NFL games; a debate has consumed the nation on whether or not it’s a right to protest during its playing. If NFL players really want to make an impact they need to go brushup their history on former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jack Kemp.
Kemp started his pro football career bouncing around, but eventually found a home with the Bills and led them to two consecutive AFL Championships in 1964 and 1965. His biggest impact came after he retired in 1969 as he turned to politics.
Kemp turned the skills that made him success on the field to off the field. Those skills helped him eventually become a congressman in the U.S. House of Representativesin 1971. It would be a position he would hold until 1989 when he was made Secretary of Housing and Urban Developmentl by President George H. W. Bush.
Eventually, Kemp rose all the way to Republican Vice Presdient nominee for the 1996 presidential election. It would be the last political position that Kemp would hold.
In the end, if NFL players need to stop taking a knee and get more active in the political world to truly make a difference like Kemp did.