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Posted: November 14, 2017

Bar blackout: Tavern boycotts NFL, holds veterans fundraiser instead

Bar Boycotts NFL, Raises Money For Veterans

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

FARMINGDALE, N.J. —

A New Jersey bar held a self-imposed NFL blackout over Veterans Day weekend, instead holding a fundraiser for veterans and their families after players continue their silent, kneeling protests during the playing of the national anthem this season.

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Rob Johnson, co-owner of Woody’s Roadside Tavern in Farmingdale, New Jersey, had the idea after one of his customers who is a Vietnam vet said that he felt disrespected by pro football players taking a knee to protest police brutality, NJ.com reported.

>>Related: 3 NFL players take a knee on Veterans Day weekend

So Johnson decided to turn off the games for Veterans Day weekend. He also gave 20 percent of food sales to the Green Beret Foundation and Special Forces Chapter 19 to help veterans and their families, NJ.com and The Asbury Park Press reported.

The bar was filled with supporters during Sunday’s event. One hour after it started, waiters had run out of glasses, with 300 to 400 customers, The Press reported.

Over the patriotic weekend, only three NFL players knelt before the games.

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Bar blackout: Tavern boycotts NFL, holds veterans fundraiser instead

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Bar blackout: Tavern boycotts NFL, holds veterans fundraiser instead

Houston Texans players kneel during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

49ers’ Marquise Goodwin blew kiss to sky, prayed after touchdown for most heartbreaking reason

It was more than just a normal Sunday afternoon touchdown for Marquise Goodwin. The 49ers wide receivers crossed the end zone hours after he and his wife lost their baby. The baby was born premature and died early Sunday morning after complications, KTVU reported.

He posted the devastating news to his Instagram account, saying, “Unfortunately we lost our baby boy due to some complications, and had to prematurely deliver him early this morning around 4 am. Although we are hurt, I am grateful for the experience and grateful that God blessed me with a wife as courageous and resilient as Morgan. The pain (physically, mentally, & emotionally) that she has endured is unbelievable. Please Pray for the Goodwin family.”

>>Related: 3 NFL players take a knee on Veterans Day weekend

Despite the heartbreaking loss, Goodwin took the field Sunday afternoon and helped his team beat the New York Giants. 

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Goodwin scored with a 83-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Beathard in the first quarter. Before he crossed the goal line, Goodwin blew a kiss to the sky, then after scoring, he knelt, praying as the team surrounded him, ESPN reported

He stayed throughout the game, but left quickly after it was done. 

Goodwin was one of three NFL players who took a knee to protest during Veterans Day weekend. He joined Eric Reid and the Giants’ Olivier Vernon during the pre-game ceremony.

The NFL Players Association had asked all players to observe a two-minute moment of silence before games to honor veterans. Many players and teams did show support of the military.

Other players who have been kneeling over the past few weeks of the season, were seen standing during the playing of the national anthem. 

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