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 LeeDems probe DOJ's handling of civil rights violations by law enforcement Reparations: The 'lost cause' of black politics? Dem lawmaker says Trump 'has in many respects become a dictator' 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 TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 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 KellyThe Congressional Black Caucus: America stands to lose a lot under TrumpCare Pelosi joins other Dem leaders in support of Chicago Symphony Orchestra strikers Hillicon Valley: US threatens to hold intel from Germany over Huawei | GOP senator targets FTC over privacy | Bipartisan bill would beef up 'internet of things' security | Privacy groups seize on suspended NSA program | Tesla makes U-turn MORE (D-Ill.), while Los Angeles Chargers lineman Cole Toner is set up in the office of Sen. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungBipartisan senators unveil measure to end surprise medical bills Pence, McConnell eulogize Sen. Richard Lugar On The Money: GOP angst grows over Trump's trade war | Trump promises help for 'Patriot Farmers' | Markets rebound | CBO founding director Alice Rivlin dies | Senate to vote on disaster aid bill next week 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.