As National Football League (NFL) player protests during the National Anthem at games continues to spark national controversy, it’s noteworthy how greatly the protesters’ ranks have shrunk – and how few players are still actually protesting.
At their peak in Week 3 of the 2017 season, about 180 players protested the National Anthem while it was played before games. In Week 13, only about two dozen players protested the Anthem – an 87 percent drop.
Since each of the NFL’s 32 teams are allowed 53 players on its active roster for each game, that yields a potential 1,696 protesters league-wide, if every player refused to stand in respect for the Anthem.
Thus, while about one in nine (10.6%) players protested in Week 3, only about 1.4% of the league protested in Week 13.
That means that 98.6% of NFL players did not protest, but stood in respect, in the most recent week, pending players’ behavior at the Monday night game.