We're almost through 10 weeks of the NFL season and through all the injuries and the drama, one story continues to rise above all the rest.
The player protests.
Ever since Colin Kaepernick first started kneeling during the national anthem, this has become a huge story in the national consciousness, escalating further this season after multiple serious incidents.
We've had players, coaches, owners and fans all weigh in on the issue, but we've never had an NFL replay man say anything.
Yes, that grown man taped a card to the back of his hat that says "I will always stand."
This happened during the second half of Sunday's game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Jets, while the officials were reviewing a Bilal Powell fumble. This is the first appearance of this particular replay official, or at least him with the sign on his hat.
He hasn't appeared again since and we'll have to wait and see if the NFL does anything about it. But this is the point we've reached, where even replay operators are choosing to make statements during games. It is truly the story that the NFL cannot escape.