Chicago Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks says many more NFL players would have joined Colin Kaepernick in kneeling for the national anthem, but they worried about losing their jobs.

Hicks said he believes the majority of players who stood for the anthem were thinking that if they didn’t, it would end their careers.

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And he was one of them.

After NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pledged on Friday to support players’ protests, that mindset among players may change.

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