Texas' long snapper, Nate Boyer, right, is greeted by a Texas fan as the team arrives at BYU's Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah, on Saturday, September 7, 2013, (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Nate Boyer to Colin Cowherd: Kaepernick taking knee was ‘a big step’

Posted September 7th, 2016


Former Texas longsnapper and Army Green Beret veteran Nate Boyer was at the FOX Sports studios on Wednesday to discuss his involvement with Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco quarterback’s refusal to stand during the national anthem.

Boyer sat down with Colin Cowherd, host of ‘The Herd’ on FOX Sports 1. Their nearly 12-minute conversation focused mainly on Boyer’s open letter to Kaepernick and their subsequent meeting, but also touched on Boyer’s time with the Longhorns and his NFL career.

You can watch the full interview in the video below:


“I had a lot of people help me along the way,” Boyer said of how he went from having not played organized football to starting for Texas.

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On the topic of Kaepernick, Boyer talked about how the 49ers quarterback reached out to him after he wrote the letter and how the pair spoke for over an hour in a San Diego hotel lobby prior to San Francisco’s preseason game against the Chargers.

“We stay in contact,” Boyer told Cowherd. “I’ve talked to so many veterans about what they think. I really want to get kind of a common perspective to be able to share with him.”

Boyer said he shared some of that perspective during his hour-long conversation with Kaepernick, which eventually led to the quarterback agreeing to take a knee next to his teammates, rather than sitting on the bench during the national anthem. Boyer called the compromise ‘a big step’ for Kaepernick, who has been both harshly criticized and supported for his protest.

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