Mike Rowe pointed to the bravery of one of the passengers on Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001, when asked his thoughts about Nike’s latest ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick.
In the ad, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is featured with the words, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”
“Nike’s free to celebrate whomever they wish, and Kaepernick is entitled to his opinion–kneeling, standing, or lying down,” the 56-year-old television host explained on his Facebook Monday. “But if I was going to put someone’s face on a billboard – someone who epitomized bravery and sacrifice – I might have gone another way, especially this time of year. I might have gone with this guy – Tom Burnett.”
Rowe continued, “Tom’s last act on earth was one of the most courageous things imaginable. And his last words to his wife, Deena, are among the most inspiring I’ve ever heard. Those exact words are at the top of this page, and the bottom. They have spoken 17 years ago, under conditions I hope to never experience. I’ll never forget Tom’s last words. I hope you won’t either.”