394938 01: More Than 250 Sailors Assigned To The Naval Training Center In Great Lakes, Il, Unfurl A Huge Us Flag September 23, 2001 During Opening Ceremonies At The Chicago Bears Home Game Upon Resumption Of The Regular Nfl Schedule. The Flag, Said To Be One Of The Largest In The Nation, Travels To Various Events Throughout The Country. (Photo By U.S. Navy/Getty Images)
Lance Briggs plans to show off his patriotism this Sunday, no matter what the league has to say.
He tweeted this morning that he will wear Reebok's patriotic apparel for the season opener against Atlanta that falls on the 10-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
It was quite a stand for Briggs, who anticipated a fine in the thousands for not wearing exactly what the NFL prescribed. Only problem? The league has no problem with Briggs, or any other player, wearing the Reebok gear that is adorned with the American flag. Robbie Gould, the Bears player rep, tweeted, "Classy move by the NFL to allow players to wear patriotic shoes on Sunday."
Briggs' pre-emptive strike was on the NFL's sometimes draconian rules on apparel. Coaches and players are expected to wear the league tells them to, right down to the chin strap. If they don't, they can expect fines of $10,000 or more.
Thank goodness, they're showing some common sense in this instance.