Packers fans split on 'display of unity' during anthem

Posted at 6:52 PM, Sep 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-28 19:52:13-04

It's the longest running football rivalry in the NFL: the Packers vs. Bears. But during a game when fans are more divided than most, the Packers have asked everyone to come together in a display of unity.

However, Packers fans seem to be split on how they feel about the anthem protests.

One Packers season ticket holder told NBC26 he's going to stop coming to the games because he feels the protests disrespect veterans. That's a feeling shared by many fans.

"To totally disrespect the national anthem, our flag and our country is not the way to protest," said Richard Hunsucker.

Another fan said she hopes fans take the Packers and Aaron Rodgers' message of unity seriously on Thursday night.

One woman, who did not want to give NBC26 her name, said it's a time for everyone to come together.

"It doesn't matter if you're a woman, a man, black, white, Hispanic...we're all one," she explained.

However, the majority of fans said they don't want to become a part of the protest.

The Packers plan to link arms on the sideline with coaches and staff and have asked fans to do the same.

The game against the Bears kicks off at 7:25 p.m. at Lambeau Field.