Many NFL teams display a false sense of patriotism
Is the playing of the national anthem appropriate at the start of a strictly commercial event? This question is particularly relevant in the case of the National Football League.
Only a few players served in Vietnam. Others avoided/evaded being deployed by joining National Guard or Reserve units. This often involved the influence of wealthy team owners. Military service never caused any of these players to miss games.
In more recent years, many NFL teams have featured tributes to military heroes and the armed forces at halftime ceremonies presented mostly by members of the military. It only became known subsequently that the teams demanded and received millions of dollars from the Department of Defense for allowing these ceremonies to take place. So much for NFL patriotism.
Hans G. Reif