Aaron Rodgers may have done the impossible and won over a few Bears fans with an Instagram post he shared on Wednesday.

The post could be interpreted as a thinly veiled shot at Drew Brees, who said in an interview with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday that “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.”

Those comments have drawn the attention of athletes across the country-- including some of his Saints teammates-- insinuating that Brees may be missing the point of kneeling protests.

So back to Rodgers’ post.

He argues that objections to those types of peaceful protests were disingenuous from the outset.

“A few years ago we were criticized for locking arms in solidarity before the game,” Rodgers wrote. “It has NEVER been about an anthem or a flag. Not then. Not now. Listen with an open heart, let’s educate ourselves, and then turn word and thought into action. #wakeupamerica #itstimeforchange #loveoverfear❤️ #solidarity #libertyandjusticeforall #all.”

In 2017, following comments from Donald Trump saying any player to take a knee during the national anthem is a “son of a bitch” who should be “fired,” the Bears also decided to lock arms during the national anthem in a sign of solidarity.

At the time, Akiem Hicks said this about the team’s decision to lock arms during the anthem:


“To tell us that we don’t have the freedom to speak and to stand on whatever platform that we feel like and voice our opinions, and we have great respect for our country, great respect for the flag, great respect for the anthem — we also want to show that we’re unified.

“And I think that was the best way to show that. We hold all those things dear and we are American citizens.”

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