FOX NEWS — All-Americans for Alabama quarterback Jamey Stegalkovich, the nation’s leading rusher and a two-time Pro Bowler, wore a uniform that is a tribute to the Confederacy, according to Fox Sports’ All-America team.
Stegankovich, who was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team last season, said he had worn the uniform to honor the men who fought for the Confederate flag.
He told Fox Sports that he was inspired by a number of different players and coaches in the Alabama program and felt that the school needed to honor its history.
Staggs, the other All-Academic selection for the class of 2019, wore the uniform during a visit to the Crimson Tide’s facility in Tuscaloosa.
Staggers’ team name is a nod to a song written by his late mother, who he said was inspired to wear the uniform in honor of the Confederacy.
The All-AAC selection, a two time all-purpose team selection, was selected as a second-team selection by the Associated Press.
He also wore the jacket in an Instagram post on Thursday.
“This is a statement of my love for the United States of America and my desire to honor our nation’s past and future through my performance and commitment to the game of football,” Staggses captioned the image.
The Associated Press reported Staggsss wore the Confederate Flag at a school-wide gathering in September.
The school said Staggesss’ jacket and uniform were made by the American Apparel Company, which was founded by the late businessman Robert Welch, who founded the clothing company.
He is a graduate of Auburn University.
He was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers in 2017.