From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports
Former Clay-Chalkville and University of Alabama standout defensive lineman Quinton Dial expressed his personal beliefs about his country on the 9/11 weekend.
Monday night, Dial attracted a lot of attention by helping hold a giant flag before his San Francisco 49ers faced the St. Louis Rams before a nationally televised game during the NFL’s opening weekend.
The 49ers shut out the Rams 28-0 and Dial’s expression of patriotism was viewed in light of quarterback Colin Kapernick’s and defensive back Eric Reid’s decisions to kneel during the playing of the national anthem to express their concerns with an inequities of the U.S. justice system.
Dial was relatively quiet about his actions after the game, preferring to talk about the win.
But on Instagram earlier in the day, Dial posted this: “To the men and women who serve this great country we thank you! To those who were affected by 9/11 we pray for you and your families! We will never forget you! Lord we pray for strength guidance and peace! Amen”
Dial starred at Clay-Chalkville, then at East Mississippi Community College before finishing his career at Alabama.
He was selected by the 49ers in the 2013 NFL draft, and earlier this year signed a three-year contract extension.
On Monday night, members of the national media quickly took note of Dial’s decision to help hold the flag prior to the 49ers game against the Los Angeles Rams.
“While Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid take a knee,” tweeted NFL network reporter Andrew Siciliano, “Quinton Dial does his part and helps hold the flag.”
“49ers defensive lineman Quinton Dial joined military members holding the flag for the anthem,” added Lindsey Thiry of the L.A. Times.
Both tweets quickly spread online, as did many from NFL fans who praised and thanked Dial for his expression.