They (you chose who “they” are) have separated the United States to the point where, as someone recently stated, “I don’t know what we have as a country in common!” We’re divided by race, religion, immigration, free speech, rich versus poor, and on and on. They keep dividing, separating, and forcing us to choose a side.

There was one place where we all came together — the NFL football game. It didn’t matter who you were or what your status was in community. Race, religion, politics were all put aside. We cheered when they scored, booed at bad calls, we screamed “Go Saints Go”!

Texans CEO Apologizes Football

FILE -In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo Houston Texans owner Bob McNair speaks at an NFL press conference during an owners meeting, in Irving, Texas. At left is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. McNair has apologized after a report said he declared “we can't have the inmates running the prison” during a meeting of NFL owners over what to do about players who kneel in protest during the national anthem. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

From the suites to the nosebleed sections in the Dome, we were fans, friends and neighbors. For a brief time, three, maybe four hours, we all had one thing in common ... we were the Who Dat Nation!

Now the last bastion of freedom to associate has been trashed. Protesting to bring attention to racial injustice can be understood. The perceived disrespect for the National Anthem and the Flag did exactly the opposite.

Letters: Ransburg column right on target

I no longer attend or watch NFL games. At first I missed the action, the excitement, the comaraderie. Though as each game passed, I came to realize something. By not watching Sunday AFC and NFC games, and Monday and Thursday night games, I’ve freed up at least 12 hours a week. I now have a lot of my life back, and at my age, this is a good thing. And I don’t even remember why they were kneeling.

Joseph Morazan

IT manager