Former Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, a college teammate and longtime friend of Colin Kaepernick’s who kneeled for “The Star-Spangled Banner” before eight games in the 2016 season to protest excessive use of force by police and social injustice, said he hopes people are now ready for what his and Kaepernick’s message was almost four years ago.

Marshall said he has spoken to Kaepernick in recent days in the wake of George Floyd’s death while in police custody in Minneapolis and the protests that have followed across the country.

RELATED: Former NFL Vice President of Communications Calls for the Vikings to Sign Colin Kaepernick

Marshall, who played six seasons for the Broncos, including in the team’s Super Bowl 50 win, lost several endorsements after he kneeled before games during the 2016 season. He also met with Denver Police officials in the weeks that followed about the department’s policies on use of force.

Flip the Page to Read his statements: