Mike Ditka is firm in his views and won’t change for anybody.
The former NFL coach and player has once again weighed in on players kneeling for the national anthem before games.
Speaking to Newsmax TV on Monday, the Pro Football Hall of Famer had a blunt message for those who kneel for the national anthem.
“If you can’t respect this country, get the hell out of it,” Ditka said on National Report.
“It’s not a complicated thing,” he said. “You play the game, you enjoy the game, if you don’t like the game, get out of it.”
The NFL had several players either kneeling for the Anthem or staying in the locker room to avoid it altogether.
“You play football, that’s it. You’re privileged, you got a gift from God that you can play the game because you got a body you can do it with,” Ditka added.
“I don’t really understand what you’re protesting. I played the game, I coached the game for a long time, and it makes no sense to me. You ought to get down on your hands and knees and thank God every day that you can make the kind of money that you can make playing football, or playing any sport.”
Ditka was a six-time All-Pro and a Super Bowl champion. He played in the NFL from 1961-72.