Farmer Sends Message to NFL: We Stand for the National Anthem

By Todd Starnes/Twitter

Gene Hanson, of Edgeley, North Dakota, is not what you would call a die-hard football fan, but he does follow the Minnesota Vikings.

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But when he saw professional football players taking a knee during the national anthem to protest “oppression”, Gene did what a lot of Americans have done — he turned off the television set. 

“If you want to protest something, do it somewhere else,” the retired farmer told me in a telephone interview. “But you don’t protest during the national anthem. That’s not the place for it.”

The images of grown men disrespecting our nation and our military was a bit much for Gene to take.

So he went to the barn, hauled out his old Massey 135 tractor and commenced to send the National Football League a message — drawn into the dirt of a bean field. 

“WE STAND FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM,” Gene wrote. 

“With all the controversy with the national anthem and with the NFL, I just thought it was time that I send a message,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of service peopel who have served, some who lost their lives.”

It was a message about the size of two football fields. 

After he finished his masterpiece, Gene hopped in an airplane to take a photo — and well — you know how social media works. 

Farmer Gene proved you don’t need a podcast or a blog to voice your opinion – you just need an old Massey 135 tractor and a steady hand. 



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