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 LeeLawmakers press CDC for guidance on celebrating Halloween during pandemic Sharpton, police reform take center stage at National Mall Sheila Jackson Lee presses Congress to pass reparations bill at DC march 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 TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response 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 KellyRep. Robin Kelly enters race for Democratic caucus vice chair Hillicon Valley: Oracle confirms deal with TikTok to be 'trusted technology provider' | QAnon spreads across globe, shadowing COVID-19 | VA hit by data breach impacting 46,000 veterans House approves bill to secure internet-connected federal devices against cyber threats MORE (D-Ill.), while Los Angeles Chargers lineman Cole Toner is set up in the office of Sen. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungSenate GOP eyes early exit Why the US should rely more on strategy, not sanctions Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump 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.