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Kaepernick responds to slam from ESPN's Trent Dilfer, calls comments 'ridiculous'

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick responded to criticism from ESPN's Trent Dilfer on Monday night, slamming the analyst's comments that he should "sit in the shadows."

>> Seahawks stand together, link arms during national anthem before season opener

On ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" pregame show, Dilfer said Kaepernick, who has refused to stand for the national anthem in protest of racial inequality, "is a backup quarterback whose job is to be quiet, and sit in the shadows and get the starter ready to play Week 1."

Dilfer added, "Yet he chose a time where all of a sudden he became the center of attention, and it has disrupted that organization. It has caused friction, and it’s torn at the fabric of the team.”

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While speaking to reporters Monday, Kaepernick called the comments "ridiculous."

"I think that’s one of the most ridiculous comments I’ve heard," Kaepernick said, according to USA Today. "The fact (Dilfer) says, 'You are a backup QB, stay in your place.' That’s an issue.

>> 4 Miami Dolphins kneel during national anthem

"To me, you are telling me that my position as a backup QB and being quiet is more important than people’s lives. I would ask him to really have a conversation with the families of people that have been murdered and see if he still feels that way. Because I bet that he doesn’t, just because he hasn’t experienced that type of oppression.

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Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams fires back after being called out for small tip

Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams is responding after restaurant workers criticized him Sunday night on social media for leaving a 75-cent tip on a $129 bill.

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Williams said he thought 75 cents was too generous for the terrible service that he received.

"I tried to leave exact change but couldn't," Williams said on Twitter. "I waited on my food for over 1.5 hours. (The waitress) got the order wrong, then she never asked (us if we wanted) refills and (she) took a dish back, removed what was on it and left a shrimp tail in my salad. Instead of asking for a manager, I simply didn't leave a tip for the hardly working server that expected a tip."

Williams, who said he used to wait tables and "be a bag boy," claimed that he waited for his food for more than an hour, and when the order came, it was wrong.

"I ordered chicken and shrimp in my pasta. They put (the shrimp) on my salad," Williams tweeted.

Johan Malcolm, who started the Twitter conversation and claimed to be the waitress' coworker, said the way that Williams ordered was wrong. 

"You should've been more specific on your order," he told Williams.

"I went over that order four times, and not only that, our food came out with our salads, and it wasn't a complex order," Williams replied.

Williams also asked why Malcolm singled him out when he was at a table with five other men.

Williams continued to insist that the service he received at the unnamed restaurant was unacceptable, while Malcolm maintained his argument: "How would you feel if you got (75 cents) no matter your service?"

"At the end of the day, you took up this server's time and energy, and you should compensate them for that," another Twitter user chimed in. 

"No, not for bad service," Williams wrote. "The service was terrible. If it was good, she would have gotten a $40 tip."

Williams answered questions from other commenters during the conversation, which lasted for more than an hour.

The Steelers take on the Redskins for their regular season opener Monday night.

4 Miami Dolphins kneel during national anthem

A national controversy that began on the West Coast and extended to the Pacific Northwest grew Sunday when four members of the Miami Dolphins kneeled during the national anthem as the National Football League attempted to mark the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 in solemn fashion.

>> Miami coach Adam Gase addresses national anthem protest

Running back Arian Foster, safety Michael Thomas, linebacker Jelani Jenkins and receiver Kenny Stills kneeled on the Dolphins’ sideline in protest of racial inequality. The host Seattle Seahawks, including coach Pete Carroll, ended days of speculation about plans for a team-wide demonstration of unity by interlocking arms while uniformed Air Force veteran and firefighter Keith Taylor sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Moments earlier, the four kneeling Dolphins stood at attention during a moment of silence in honor of the victims of Sept. 11.

The Dolphins, who lost the season opener to the Seahawks, 12-10, took a cue from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sat for one rendition of the anthem and kneeled for another to show his objection for the way African-Americans are treated in the United States and the controversial handling of police violence.

Kaepernick’s actions triggered an emotional debate, with some saying it was the only way his concerns could be heard in a transcendent manner. Others argue it’s disrespectful of the flag and the military on any day — and doubly so on Sept. 11.

It struck such an emotional chord that many fans posting comments on social media said they would stop supporting the Dolphins if they failed to stand at attention during Sunday’s anthem.

Coach Adam Gase said he was unaware what his players planned, only that they assured him, “We’re not looking to do anything disrespectful.”

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Gase added, “There’s nothing I’m able to say one way or the other because every person, it’s their opinion, it’s their right and my job is to coach a football team.”

Shortly after the anthem, the Dolphins issued a statement:

“We encourage all members of our organization to stand at attention during the national anthem out of respect and appreciation for the freedoms we are afforded as Americans. We also recognize that it’s an individual’s right to reflect during the anthem in different ways. We respect these liberties and appreciate the sacrifices that everyone has made for our country, especially on this day of remembrance. We hope today’s events will continue a respectful and thoughtful dialogue in our community on unity, inclusiveness and togetherness.”

CBS, which televised the game, downplayed the Dolphins’ protest as it unfolded. Although cameras found Foster during the anthem, he was obscured, so it was unclear to viewers if he was standing. A tight shot of Thomas gave the impression he was standing.

CBS soon had sideline reporter Evan Washburn report on the Seahawks’ demonstration, but it wasn’t until later that play-by-play man Ian Eagle informed viewers that the CBS crew “counted four Dolphins from our sight line” who kneeled. Eagle then named them.

“These guys are my teammates and everyone has a reason for doing what they’re doing,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said after the game. “That’s America. You just have to stand up for what you believe in and when the national anthem is over, be ready to play.”

>> Seahawks stand together, link arms during national anthem before season opener

With the Seahawks making vague comments about a team demonstration, fans braced for the opening of the season Sunday. Would Sept. 11 be awash with rebellious acts and possibly boos? In the end, a solemn tone prevailed in most stadiums. First responders, members of the military and players unfurled flags that covered most of the fields.

“It’s Sunday and here in America that means it’s time for football,” President Obama said in a video message played before all the games. “But on this day 15 years ago, the world was shaken, towers crumbled and thousands of Americans lost their lives.”

In Philadelphia, Vice President Joe Biden stood next to Eagles coach and former Dolphins quarterback Doug Pederson, holding the flag as a trumpeter played the anthem.

But in Kansas City, Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters held a black-gloved fist aloft during the anthem, copying the protest by U.S. track athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith on the medal stand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

In Nashville, Titans linebacker Avery Williamson wore special cleats paying tribute to Sept. 11 while risking a fine from the league. Teammates and even police unions rallied to his defense, saying they would pay any fine.

>> Titans player who wished to honor 9/11 victims with special cleats gets major pushback from the NFL

Palm Beach Post staff writer Dave George in Seattle contributed to this story.

Seahawks stand together, link arms during national anthem before season opener

The Seattle Seahawks stood and linked arms during the national anthem Sunday before their season opener against the Miami Dolphins.

Word of the demonstration emerged Thursday when wide receiver Doug Baldwin first tweeted about a "demonstration of unity."

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When approached in the locker room by reporters, Baldwin declined to elaborate further, saying, "You'll see on Sunday."

On Saturday morning, Baldwin rallied support for the demonstration on social media, posting a 42-second video and a quote from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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“We are a team comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds,” Baldwin says in the video. “As a team, we have chosen to stand and interlock arms in unity.”

Many fans have expressed outrage on social media regarding any form of demonstration or protest while the national anthem in playing.

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The Seahawks’ demonstration comes as a number of athletes have followed the lead of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are offenses against African-Americans and other minorities.

Also on Sunday, Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster, safety Michael Thomas, linebacker Jelani Jenkins and receiver Kenny Stills kneeled on the sideline in protest.

>> 4 Miami Dolphins kneel during national anthem

Seahawks Hall of Famer Steve Largent told KIRO Radio last week that the national anthem is time for a player to stop, reflect and acknowledge sacrifices made for our country.

“That’s a moment as a player to stop, reflect and acknowledge that there’s been a lot of sacrifices made to get us to a point in this country, even to have to the opportunity we have as players to play this game, be paid as much as we do, and everything else,” Largent told KIRO Radio’s Ron and Don. “Taking a pot shot at some cause, whatever it is, during the national anthem is inappropriate.”

Titans player who wished to honor 9/11 victims with special cleats gets major pushback from the NFL

Tennessee Titans linebacker Avery Williamson is getting flack for wanting to wear a set of patriotic sneakers during Sunday's game.

According to the New York Post, the specially designed cleats would be worn against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. After a league rep vowed to fine Williamson for violating uniform code, he backed off.

“I don’t want to draw negative attention, so I’m just going to focus on playing the game,” Williamson told the Tennessean newspaper Friday.

Two police unions were so outraged that they offered to pay the athlete’s fine if he wears them despite the NFL’s request for him to wear uniform sneakers.

When Paul Nunziato, head of the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, heard about the NFL's response, he spoke out to reporters.

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“I’m making a goal line stand on this. Enough is enough! The NFL is out of bounds on this,” he said.

He specifically called out Roger Goodell, saying the NFL commissioner had “committed a personal foul against humanity” by denying Williamson the right to wear his sneakers.

Patrick Colligan of the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association echoed the sentiment.

“We want him to wear the cleats and we’ll pay the fine," Colligan said. "He [Williamson] was absolutely doing a great thing and the NFL is threatening with a fine? When is Goodell going to recognize what his fan base is?”

Colligan added, "It’s not like he’s kneeling during the national anthem or anything" – a reference to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's controversial protest.

According to the Post, Williamson plans to auction the cleats for charity.

>> See Williamson's tweet about the auction here

WATCH: Central Michigan upsets No. 22 Oklahoma State on officials' error, Hail Mary

Central Michigan scored a stunning upset against No. 22 Oklahoma State on Saturday, with the Chippewas using a Hail Mary and a lateral to steal the win with no time on the clock.

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Steal is indeed the key word there, as MAC officials ruled that the play Central Michigan scored on should have never happened.

The reason the play shouldn’t have happened is because of what happened on the previous play. Oklahoma State had the ball on 4th-and-13, where they were called for an intentional grounding penalty as time expired. Usually, penalties allow for an extra play to take place, but since intentional grounding results in a loss of down, an extra play shouldn’t have been allowed by NCAA rule.

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As the Big 12 mentioned in their statement, the game is over and the ruling cannot be reversed. Instead, Central Michigan gets its first victory over a ranked opponent since 1991, and Oklahoma State takes a big loss for the Big 12.

Denver Broncos player joins Colin Kaepernick's protest on NFL opening night

Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall knelt during the national anthem on the NFL's opening night, showing his clear support for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his protest against American racial injustice and minority oppression.

Marshall was later removed from the game, but not because of his protest. He got up slowly after making a tackle and, as required by NFL concussion protocol, tested for any issues. He was then taken to the locker room.

Kaepernick has officially started a trend.

>> Related: Looks like Colin Kaepernick is sitting through the national anthem for some time

His teammate, Eric Reid, notably joined him in kneeling through the national anthem in their final preseason game last week.

Jeremy Lane of the Seattle Seahawks also sat through the national anthem last week.

>> Related: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sits for national anthem

Other Seahawks players plan on joining in as well.

“It’s going to be a team thing. That’s what the world needs to see. The world needs to see people coming together versus being individuals,” Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin said.

Former NFL linebacker helps train disabled veterans

A former NFL linebacker who has worked for years training disabled veterans is featured in a Starbucks series produced by Howard Schultz.

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David Vobora played with the Seahawks in 2011 – his last season in a four-year NFL career. After battling an addiction to painkillers, Vobora started a gym, training elite athletes.

His focus changed when he met Travis Mills, a former Army staff sergeant who lost all four of his limbs to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Mills is one of five surviving combat veteran quadruple amputees from post-9/11 wars.

The following is part of a story from Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a former Washington Post editor who is now a storyteller for Starbucks and co-producer of the company's Upstanders series.

"Vobora began their first workout with a question: 'What are you most afraid of?' 'Remember: No arms, no legs,' Mills said. 'Gravity wins. So it’s falling. I’m afraid to fall.' So that’s where Vobora began. Falling became the foundation of the training regimen. Vobora sought to improve Mills’ balance, his understanding of weight transfer, and his core strength. Sometimes he used giant rubber bands to catch Mills as he tumbled. Other times, he just let him fall onto a padded mat. 'If you’d been coming through the gym and you saw me let a quadruple amputee fall, hit the ground, and refuse to help him, you’d probably have me arrested,' he said. Mills grew stronger and more assured. Pro athletes at the gym looked on in amazement as he pulled a 100-pound sled along a 30-yard stretch of artificial turf on short prosthetics. They stopped complaining about sore muscles, and increased the intensity of their own workouts. Vobora also began to change: Instead of trying to lure more pro athletes as clients, he set out to recruit another disabled athlete."

Later, Vobora got a phone call from his sports agent.

"A Dallas Cowboys linebacker had been injured and they needed a replacement in short order. Was he interested? It was a chance to return to the gridiron, his first love, with a paycheck he never thought he’d see again. He thought it over and texted his agent: Sorry, but I’m retired."

Watch Vobora’s full story above, recorded by Starbucks' director of photography, Josh Trujillo.

UGG wants you to 'do nothing' with Tom Brady this September

Tom Brady has been tight lipped about how he'll be spending his suspension -- but no more. 

It appears he'll simply be doing nothing. 

Brady is part of a new ad campaign from the Australian company UGG, famous for its popular women's boots.

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The company is apparently looking to increase their popularity among men with their slippers. According to a Facebook post by Tom Brady, the company is launching an ad campaign featuring the Pats' quarterback and actor Jeff Bridges. 

The tagline: "Do Nothing."

I've teamed up with UGG, Jeff Bridges and Julian Edelman to remind you of something very important on the heels of Labor Day weekend: You have earned the right to do nothing. Stay tuned for some videos from us in the next couple weeks!Posted by Tom Brady on Tuesday, September 6, 2016

At his last news conference, Brady wouldn't say exactly what his plans were, but he's now apparently prepared to just sit around in his new UGG slippers. 

There's no word on if Peyton Manning has invited Brady to watch games with him on Sundays as part of his new ad campaign.

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Disclaimer: FOX25 could not independently confirm Brady's plans. 

Johnny Manziel re-enrolls at Texas A&M

With his NFL future in serious doubt, Johnny Manziel is a student again, re-enrolling for the fall semester at Texas A&M.

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The Dallas Morning News first reported the story Monday morning. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner quit school in January, 2014, with two years of eligibility remaining to prepare for the NFL draft. Manziel was cut by the Cleveland Browns earlier this year and no team has picked him up.

>> Related: Johnny Manziel's dad tells ESPN: 'My son is a druggie'

Manziel had been spending time in Los Angeles. He'll be back in far more familiar surroundings.

Back at A&M, he's listed as a senior in the student directory. His major is recreation, parks and tourism science major. He apparently posted on an A&M class discussion board last week.

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