NFL News : Star QB won't protest anthem: 'Can't take freedom for granted'

Star QB won't protest anthem: 'Can't take freedom for granted'

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Dallas Cowboys star gunslinger Dak Prescott says he's "not at all" tempted to kneel down while the national anthem plays. 

Asked to explain his reasoning, Prescott had this to say:

"I mean, it's bigger than I think some of us think," he said. "It's just important for me to go out there, hand over my heart, represent our country and just be thankful and not take anything I've been given and my freedom for granted."

Prescott is the child of a mixed-race marriage. His mother, Peggy, who passed away in 2013, was white. His father, Nathaniel, is black. 

Recently, several white players have placed their hands on the shoulders' of their kneeling black teammates in a show of solidarity. The Philadelphia Eagles' Chris Long was the first white player to do this when he aided teammate Malcolm Jenkins. Seattle Seahawks center Justin Britt was next, when he aided Michael Bennett. 

Last week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that he's "strongly" against the idea of protesting the national anthem, per the Dallas Morning News.

"I just feel so strongly that the act of recognizing the flag is a salute to our country and all of the people that have sacrificed so that we can have the liberties we have," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. "I feel very strongly that everyone should save that moment for the recognition of the flag in a positive way, so I like the way the Cowboys do it." 

But Cowboys running back Darren McFadden told NBC Sports' Newy Scruggs that Jones has never ordered the team to act a certain way during the anthem.

"He hasn't come in and said that to us personally," McFadden said last week.

Earlier this month, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett also commented on anthem protests, saying, "There's no question in my mind. The national anthem is sacred. The flag is sacred. And our team has demonstrated that.

Source: Dallas News · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency