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Joe Montana highlights group of 18 Hall of Famers returning from Israel

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Joe Montana highlights group of 18 Hall of Famers returning from Israel

Joe Montana was among a group of 18 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who recently returned from a weeklong trip to Israel.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft led “Touchdown in Israel II” from Jun 13-21. It was the second time in two years Kraft took a group of Hall of Famers to Israel.

The trip included sight-seeing to Israel’s most historic and sacred sites including Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Masada, the Dead Sea, the City of David and the Western Wall, and an afternoon in Bethlehem, according to the Hall of Fame.

“What a great experience,” Montana said. “What a great opportunity to be a part of something that is hopefully growing a game that all of us enjoy and loved all our life, and then to have the opportunity to be in a beautiful place like this.

“All in all, it’s been so much fun getting to know all these guys, but being able to spend a week with them and really getting to understand them and know them better is also one of the big highlights of that trip.”

The Hall of Famers met with fans throughout the tour. On the second night of the trip, multiple youth and high school teams scrimmaged during an event organized by American Football in Israel, a non-profit organization.

Former 49ers coach Mike Singletary and Raiders tight end Dave Casper also took part in the trip, along with Lem Barney, Jerome Bettis, Jim Brown, Cris Carter, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, Joe Greene, Willie Lanier, Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, John Stallworth, Roger Staubach, Andre Tippett, Aeneas Williams and Ron Yary.

Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups

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Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups

East Rutherford, NJ -- A handful of Miami Dolphins players are wearing black T-shirts supporting free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick during pregame warm-ups.

The shirts have "#IMWITHKAP" written in bold white lettering on the front.

Kaepernick was the first athlete to refuse to stand during the national anthem as a protest. This season, no team has signed him, and some supporters believe NFL owners are avoiding him because of the controversy.

Among the players sporting the shirts before their game against the New York Jets are wide receiver Kenny Stills, running back Jay Ajayi and offensive linemen Laremy Tunsil and Ja'Wuan James. Stills, also a team captain, posted a photo on Twitter of himself wearing the shirt, along with the post: "In case you didn't know!"

49ers CEO Jed York responds to Trump's 'callous and offensive comments'

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49ers CEO Jed York responds to Trump's 'callous and offensive comments'

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York responded emphatically to the comments of President Donald Trump's views of those who take a knee in NFL games during the national anthem. 

Speaking in Huntsville, AL, on Friday, Trump told a group of his supporters during a campaign rally, "wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, 'get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired."

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a protest against social injustices last season. As he did last season, 49ers safety Eric Reid has continued to take a knee during the 2017 season.

York was the third representative of an NFL team to speak out against Trump's actions. Since then, the Packers and Falcons have issued a statements.