After Millikin University’s football team decided to stay in its locker room during the national anthem, one player stood alone on the sideline last Saturday.
The Herald & Review (http://bit.ly/2eBL3Vn ) reports sophomore Connor Brewer stood for the anthem. Millikin spokesman Bryan Marshall said Brewer “did what he felt like he needed to do.”
The team decided to stay in the locker room after several players kneeled during the anthem before a Sept. 24 game in a fashion similar to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Brewer has declined comment.
Millikin is a private, Division III school in Decatur.
Most major teams, including the University of Illinois, run onto the field after the anthem because of elaborate pregame routines that include things like smoke machines to fire up the crowd.