Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson recently tore his Achilles tendon in a preseason game against the Detroit Lions, leaving his prospects for the 2016-2017 season — and his NFL career — up in the air:

But Watson is nothing if not an optimist, and he’s not ruling out a return to the gridiron. His recovery has also given him time to reflect on a great deal, and last night, he shared his thoughts regarding the Kaepernick controversy — and its bigger-picture meaning:

Read the whole thing. Seriously.

Wow. Bravo, sir.