One thing to note, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan stood in line with his players and locked arms with them.
It will also no doubt ignite fiercer debate on an issue - and president - which in recent days has seen the National Basketball Association champions Golden State Warriors essentially reject the customary invite to the White House and led Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James call Trump a "bum".
- Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2017#Jaguars owner Shad Khan locking arms with TE Marcedes Lewis and LB Telvin Smith.
On Friday Trump told a crowd at a rally that NFL owners should fire players if they refuse to stand during the national anthem.
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"I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the president on Friday", Kraft said on a statement posted on Twitter. "This is about respect for our first responders", Mnuchin said, suggesting that Trump wants NFL owners to meet and vote on a rule requiring players to stand during the national anthem, even as many of them have supported their players' right to kneel. "That's democracy in its highest form".
The next day, the 71-year-old set his sights on basketball star Stephen Curry, withdrawing the Golden State Warrior's two-time MVP's invitation to the traditional, commemorative visit to the White House extended to championship-winning teams.
The entire offensive line of the Oakland Raiders, which is the only unit in the league composed entirely of African-American players, plans to protest during the national anthem prior to Sunday night's game against the Washington Redskins, according to reports. "And that owner, they don't know it [but] they'll be the most popular person in this country".
The response to Trump's comments- which were notably made between threats to North Korea, who has stated they would use weapons of mass destruction against the mainland US, and silence about the humanitarian crisis happening in Puerto Rico- was largely negative.
On Saturday, standout Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan spoke out on Twitter, implying the movement's goal to bring social justice to light has been accomplished with Trump's comments.
In a statement released by the team during the first quarter of the game, Bisciotti said, "We recognize our players' influence".