National anthem protest: Watch as New Mexico players a take knee vs. Air Force

Five New Mexico players took a knee on the sideline during the national anthem on Saturday night in a game against Air Force. Others locked arms during "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Now while kneeling during the anthem certainly isn't a new phenomenon at sports events these days as players have done so to protest racial injustice, this one was somewhat unique.

Due to inclement weather, the anthem wasn't played before the game as normally scheduled -- with both teams in the locker room. Instead, it was played at halftime.

Protests during the national anthem have been a hot-button issue in football since last year. In recent weeks, they've grown more frequent after drawing the attention of President Donald Trump, leading to NFL players from all over the country demonstrating during the anthem.

We've even seen high school players in Texas kicked off their team after they protested, and another high school in Louisiana has threatened to remove any players from the team if they demonstrate during the anthem.

CBS Sports Writer

Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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