Guest column: Time to stop supporting the NFL

Lee’s note: John Sigler is former Navy Submariner, a retired police captain, a past-president of the National Rifle Association of America and a current NRA Board member. John does more to support and defend the Second Amendment in a week than most people do in a lifetime. This is his first guest column.


By John C. Sigler

You do what you want to do, but I know what I will be doing during the 2018 Super Bowl – and it won’t include watching or supporting the NFL.

Like most Americans, I love American football. It’s a uniquely American sport – but I refuse to watch or support the NFL so long as the NFL refuses to honor or support me, my friends, colleagues, and former shipmates.

So long as the NFL and its players continue to disrespect the United States’ “colors” and the men and women who have fought and died under those colors, I will refuse to support, and will never respect, the NFL.

So long as the NFL and its players continue to disrespect our National Anthem, I will continue to show my lack of respect for them through the simple act of ignoring them and their events.

So long as NFL teams such as the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles support and contribute large sums of money to anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment organizations and causes, I will refuse to give credence to their annual event, and all other NFL events.

I love football, but my football season ends when the college season ends, and when the high school athletes turn to basketball and wrestling.

In the meantime, I’ll focus my free time preparing for NRA’s High Power & Long Range shooting season and waiting for another uniquely American professional spectator sport to begin its season at Daytona Beach – NASCAR.

And, oh yes, I will use that time to support pro-gun candidates as they prepare to do battle in the 2018 elections; I will attend Friends of NRA Banquets to help raise money for NRA’s safety and education programs; and perhaps I’ll contribute a dollar or two to the NRA-ILA Political Victory Fund, and perhaps a few more dollars to the NRA’s Civil Rights Defense Fund; and maybe I’ll read a book or two on American history – the very history the anti’s are attempting to erase.

So, what is it, exactly, that I intend to do during the Super Bowl, you ask?

Well, to be perfectly honest, I intend to begin re-reading Dr. Lynn Cheney’s biography of the author of our wonderful Constitution, a book titled “James Madison”. It is a book that I have read before and that I find to be a whole lot more exciting, and a whole lot more interesting and entertaining than any Super Bowl could ever be.

I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to 2018’s “Super Book Sunday” – Perhaps you might like to join me?


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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