Lance Kendricks: Packers 'are just going to lock arms' during national anthem
Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers tight end Lance Kendricks was Montgomery’s guest.
Among the topics they touched on were the NFL anthem protests, beating the Bengals and playing time. The show can be seen live at The Clubhouse Sports Pub & Grill in downtown Appleton or at clubhouselive.com.
Here are select and edited answers from the interview:
Q: You sat alongside teammates Martellus Bennett and Kevin King during the national anthem before Sunday's game against Cincinnati. Without this becoming a political discussion, how do we move past the anger and divisiveness we see so much in the world today?
Kendricks: I guess the good thing that's come out of it going forward is — we talked about it (Monday) in the team meeting — us as players are just going to lock arms and all stand together. If there are police officers or military who want to stand with us and join arms, as well, I think Marty has a statement that he's going to release. He's even going to encourage the fans to join arms to just kind of show unity and kind of just promote peace. Just everybody be on the same level - just positivity, positive energy and just go from there.
Q: You have a blog post on your website in which you shared your feelings about the divisiveness. You were seen on the sidelines with your arms locked with your teammates during the national anthem, but did you kneel for a bit, too?
Montgomery: No, in the heat of the moment, I guess I just felt the spirit of God come over me. There's so much turmoil in that situation. The Bible says pray about everything and worry about nothing. I'm a big believer in prayer. (My) wife, she's my prayer warrior. And in that moment, I wanted to bring God into that moment. So that was a brief moment where I bowed my head, squatted real low. You could say I was on both knees, but I just wanted to lift up the country in this situation in prayer. And then I got up and finished the national anthem standing.
Q: Mike McCarthy said you "took a step forward" in rallying from a 14-point deficit to beat the Bengals in overtime. How does a game like that benefit you moving forward?
Montgomery: This kind of game, this kind of test, it really just shows your strength and shows how close you are as a team. You can only get better from wins like these. Being down the way we were down, and then fighting and clawing and coming back, taking it to overtime and then winning, I think that just speaks for itself.
Q: You played in 65 of your 70 offensive snaps against the Bengals. Much has been made about your busy workload so far. Can you sustain the pace?
Montgomery: I've worked too hard to get here. I've worked way too hard. If my reps limit, then my reps limit. I'm fine with that. But I still want to prove my value to this team and be of value to this team. And if I can, in any way, be a key component. I think a matter of people being concerned, I think it comes to like pick your poison. One minute, you're saying I'm a receiver (and) I can't sustain the workload. And the next minute, you're saying it's too much. Which one is it?