Mike Rowe, the star of the hit show “Dirty Jobs,” is known for speaking his mind, especially when it involves issues of freedom and American patriotism. He’s pretty much the most likeable guy on the planet and he actually takes the time to write intelligent, long-form responses to his fans (and haters).
His latest, which touched on the recent Colin Kaepernick/Nike issue, hit home, given the 17th anniversary of the September 11th attacks is this week. And Rowe references the hero of Flight 93, Tom Burnett. His answer was an obvious message to both Nike and Colin Kaepernick — a lesson in what being a hero REALLY means…
Read it for yourself and let us know what you think:
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“We’re Going to Do Something.” You’ve been very quiet about the Kaepernick PR disaster at Nike. Any thoughts? – Sam Wilder Hi Sam. Nike’s free to celebrate whomever they wish, and Kaepernick is entitled to his opinion – kneeling, standing, or lying down. But if I was going to put someone’s face on a billboard – someone who epitomized bravery and sacrifice – I might have gone another way, especially this time of year. I might have gone with this guy – Tom Burnett. Tom’s last act on earth was one of the most courageous things imaginable. And his last words to his wife, Deena, are among the most inspiring I’ve ever heard. Those exact words are at the top of this page, and the bottom. They were spoken seventeen years ago, under conditions I hope to never experience. I’ll never forget Tom’s last words. I hope you won’t either. Transcript of Tom’s Last Calls to Deena 6:27 a.m.( pacific time) First cell phone call from Tom to Deena Deena: Hello Tom: Deena Deena: Tom, are you O.K.? Tom: No, I’m not. I’m on an airplane that has been hijacked. Deena: Hijacked? Tom: Yes, They just knifed a guy. Deena: A passenger? Tom: Yes. Deena: Where are you? Are you in the air? Tom: Yes, yes, just listen. Our airplane has been hijacked. It’s United Flight 93 from Newark to San Francisco. We are in the air. The hijackers have already knifed a guy, one of them has a gun, they are telling us there is a bomb on board, please call the authorities. He hung up. 6:31 Deena calls 911 6:34 The phone rang in on call waiting, Tom’s second cell phone call. Deena: Hello Tom: They’re in the cockpit. The guy they knifed is dead. Deena: He’s dead? Tom: Yes. I tried to help him, but I couldn’t get a pulse. Deena: Tom, they are hijacking planes all up and down the east coast. They are taking them and hitting designated targets. They’ve already hit both towers of the World Trade Center. Tom: They’re talking about crashing this plane. (a pause) Oh my God. It’s a suicide mission…(he then tells people sitting around him) Deena: Who are you talking to? Tom: My seatmate. Do you know which airline is involved? Read more: http://bit.ly/WeareGoingtoDoSomething [Link in bio] #september11 #neverforget #brave
Tomorrow marks a very important day in American history and Rowe absolutely hit the nail on the head with his suggestion that we honor actual heroes instead of millionaire (former) athletes like Colin Kaepernick, or Nike — the company making millions by exploiting his “fight.”
We’d just like to give a shout-out to Rowe for his powerful and eloquent response. No matter what you believe, tomorrow is so much more important than fancy tennis shoes or has-been quarterbacks. Let’s remember the stuff that counts.
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