NFL player who kneeled for national anthem tackles Capitol Hill 'externship'
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A Miami Dolphins safety — one of several NFL athletes to kneel during the national anthem — is among the league's players temporarily trading the pigskin for politics.

Michael Thomas will work in Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeFormer Comey aide grilled by House panel for over seven hours Judiciary advances 17 judicial nominees Overnight Cybersecurity: Feinstein shocks by releasing Fusion GPS testimony | House passes bill to boost oversight of cyber vulnerabilities | FBI director calls encryption 'public safety issue' MORE’s (D-Texas) office as part of the NFL Players Association Externship program, the team announced this week.

"I'm excited for this externship because it gives me the chance to connect with Congress in our ongoing efforts to create real change in our communities," Thomas said in a statement released by the Dolphins.

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"It's not every day that you get hands-on experience at this level of politics. I am going to take this opportunity to learn as much as I can while representing those who may feel voiceless in our communities," the 27-year-old Stanford University alumnus said.

The program matches players with professional experiences that they might be interested in as part of a post-NFL career.

Thomas has taken a knee during the anthem for the past two football seasons, according to The Sun Sentinel.

Then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the movement in 2016 to protest police misconduct and racial injustice.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE has called out football players who kneel during "The Star-Spangled Banner," saying last year that the NFL should instigate a rule against the practice.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out — he's fired!'" Trump said at a rally in September.

In response to Trump’s remarks, Thomas told reporters last year, “I've got a daughter, and she's going to have to live in this world. And I'm going to do whatever I got to do to make sure that she can look at her dad and be like 'Hey, you did something. You tried to make a change.'"

Thomas, a Houston native, isn’t the only football pro to score a Capitol Hill gig.

Bryan Witzmann, of the Kansas City Chiefs, is working for Rep. Robin KellyRobin Lynne KellyApple tells senator it may give rebates to consumers who bought iPhone batteries Dems press Gowdy to subpoena Homeland Security for election hacking documents Facebook appoints American Express CEO as first black board member MORE (D-Ill.), while Los Angeles Chargers lineman Cole Toner is set up in the office of Sen. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungSenate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTA Koch network charts ambitious course for 2018 Our government is stalled — it’s time to invest in innovation MORE (R-Ind.) as part of the NFL’s externship program.

Jackson Lee’s office didn’t get back to ITK about Thomas joining the congresswoman’s team. His externship runs through the beginning of March.