Ahead of Saturday’s win over the Northwestern Wildcats, a number of Nebraska players decided to kneel during the National Anthem. Star linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey was one of them and he gave a pretty powerful speech on his decision to take a knee.
He held a press conference on Monday to give a speech about his decision and the message he sent referenced Nelson Mandela and the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Video of the full speech, captured by the Omaha World-Record, can be seen below along with excerpts of the speech itself.
“While the anthem played I prayed along with Daishon and Mohammed and we prayed for God to watch over us and protect us, to look down on this country with grace and mercy. And to look down on all of us with grace and mercy. See we are not perfect beings, but as Corinthians 2:5 says, not that we are sufficient in our own selves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.”
This is certainly an amazing message Rose-Ivey is sending to the rest of the country, whether they are for or against Colin Kaepernick, who originally started this movement by sitting during the National Anthem in the NFL preseason. This is a great thing for the linebacker to stand up for and I am sure he will be one of the most talked about players in college football for the rest of the season because of this.