A platform is powerful, ask Kee Whetzel of Oregon State

Pre-game stance for Houston before the NFL Houston Texans vs Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 29, 2017. (Photo Credit: Jevone Moore)
Kee Whetzel of Oregon State during the PAC-12 Football Media Day 2018. Live at Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood and Highland Entertainment Center in Los Angeles, Ca. on July 25, 2018 (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Hollywood, CA – What would you do with a platform, some use it, some abuse it and some chose to just be quiet.

In today’s society many people have a platform and in the case of Oregon State linebacker Kee Whetzel chooses to wear a band that simply says 1 Corinthians 13 that talks about LOVE – FAITH – HOPE.

This small symbol allows Whetzel to express and proclaim his Faith. He also has a tattoo on his right bicep with it.

If You Don’t Stand for Something, You’ll Fall for Anything,” Alexander Hamilton

It’s a breath of fresh air to see an athlete to take advantage of a platform like football.

We are all too familiar with the NFL players taking a knee for social injustices, that was led by Colin Kaepernick a few years back.

Some don’t want to admit it but Kaepernick’s stance narrowed down his opportunities to be back on a NFL roster. But while he had the platform before millions, he kneeled for others.

In Mexico City, John Carlos along with Tommie Smith they raised their fist with a black-glove and heads bowed to display America still had a long way to go back 1968.

Years later Carlos says,  “I didn’t do anything special, I just had an opportunity.”

All throughout sports history you can look at different athletes using their platforms. There are tons of athletes who have started foundations for the youth to express that someone cares. These programs allow youth to see there is more to life than a few square blocks around them.

Next time you watch a NFL or College game look at their cleats or their wrist tape. You might find a scripture, or an area code depending on who it is.

Freedom of speech, expression is a great thing when we are allowed to use it. It takes courage to stand or push an agenda.

One thing I know, passionate people go hard for what they believe in.

Stand tall and use your platform; whether it’s big or small.