As four Miami Dolphins players kneeled in protest during the national anthem on Sunday, quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks held a much different demonstration.
Across the field from the kneeling players, the Seahawks locked arms in a “demonstration of unity.” The players were praised for making a bold statement while also respecting the U.S. flag and the national anthem.
Compare the two strikingly different scenes:
From left, Miami Dolphins' Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills, kneel during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Seattle Seahawks players and coaches, including head coach Pete Carroll, center left, stand and link arms during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Some of the imagery that emerged from the Seahawks' demonstration was fitting on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Umpire Fred Bryan holds a small American flag during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
And of course the military was there:
#ArianFoster and two other #Dolphins are kneeling https://t.co/xVqXvvYG2a— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi) 1473624687.0
The #Seahawks arm-in-arm in advance of the national anthem: https://t.co/y648excDNq— Nick Patterson (@Nick Patterson) 1473624398.0
After the game, Wilson led a post-game prayer with other players, including some of his Dolphins opponents.
The Seahawks may have made a few new fans on Sunday.