Brett Favre follows Jay Cutler as he becomes latest high-profile athlete to endorse Trump

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Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre has thrown his support behind President Trump, joining other athletes who have recently endorsed his reelection.

The Super Bowl champion and three-time most-valuable player announced that he was voting for Trump over Twitter on Friday morning. His endorsement comes a day after fellow former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler also signaled support for Trump, bucking the trend of other major athletes who have been vocal about their opposition to the president.

“My Vote is for what makes this country great, freedom of speech & religion, 2nd Amnd, hard working tax paying citizens, police & military. In this election, we have freedom of choice, which all should respect. For me & these principles, my Vote is for @RealDonaldTrump. #Vote,” said Favre, who is primarily known for his time with the Green Bay Packers.

Cutler, who primarily played with the Chicago Bears, shared golf legend Jack Nicklaus’s statement endorsing Trump on Thursday over Instagram, adding the caption, “Never a doubt.” Nicklaus expressed support for the president in a lengthy social media post earlier this week.

“I have had the privilege over the last 3 1/2 years to get to know our current President a little more as his term has progressed. I have been disappointed at what he’s had to put up with from many directions, but with that, I have seen a resolve and a determination to do the right thing for our country,” Nicklaus said in his endorsement.

“He has delivered on his promises. He’s worked for the average person. In my opinion, he has been more diverse than any President I have seen and has tried to help people from all walks of life — equally,” he added.

Other sports figures who have expressed support for the president’s reelection effort include retired MLB player Aubrey Huff, golfer John Daly, former NFL player Burgess Owens (who is now the Republican nominee in a Utah congressional race), and former NFL running back Herschel Walker.

Quinn Simmons, a 19-year-old U.S. cyclist who was 2019’s junior road race world champion, generated buzz when he was suspended from his team after posting tweets in support of the president that the team deemed “divisive.”

Many other professional athletes have been vocal about their opposition to the president. Some drew criticism from Trump when they followed in NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick’s shoes and began kneeling during the national anthem. The president bashed the NBA over its activism, noting that he wouldn’t watch if players knelt. NBA great Lebron James responded by saying he didn’t care if Trump didn’t tune in.

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