98.6% of NFL Players Did Not Protest National Anthem in Week 13; Dissidents' Ranks Dwindle 87%

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | December 4, 2017 | 11:54 AM EST

The vast majority of NFL players respected the National Anthem in Week 13.

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.

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