Before Colin Kaepernick’s anti-American anthem protests began in 2016, the NFL was arguably the most popular sport in America.

But as the protests spread, longtime fans were outraged and began tuning out.

And NFL legend Herschel Walker just dropped the hammer on woke NFL protests with these eight words.

“Fans have a right to protest as well,” Walker told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum.

His remark came during a recent appearance on Fox News’ The Story With Martha MacCallum when MacCallum noted that 8 million fewer people tuned in to watch Week One games compared to the year prior.

That’s a stunning 10 percent drop. Especially given how desperate Americans were for sports to return after the coronavirus lockdowns.

“First of all, it’s great unity but as I said early on, there shouldn’t be politics in sports, but since the [NFL] commissioner [Roger Goodell] sort of gave in and decided to let politics come into sports, I don’t think the team, the league, the owner, the commissioner has decided what do you want?” Walker told MacCallum.

“You’re going to protest, but not you’re not putting out what is the solution?” he added. “What is the end game? The players do have a right to protest, but realize that fans have a right to protest as well. So, if they boo, you can’t be upset. If they don’t watch the show, you can’t be upset.”

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The Heisman Trophy winner added, “You know, are you going to stay inside? What is the end game? What do you want? How are you going to achieve this? Because all I see is protest and all I see is words, but there is no actions behind those words.”

“And I said it early on, instead of everybody having their folded arms or closed fists why don’t we have an open hand?” Herschel asked. “We all come together. And I’d love to go with you, the NFL, all major league sports, let’s go to Washington. Let’s get the Democratic, let’s get the Republican people together.”

Many Americans would absolutely agree with Walker that there shouldn’t be politics in sports.

Time will tell if professional sports leagues realize that before they learn the lesson the hard way: get woke, go broke.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.