Not many know that the ex-NFL lineman, Derrick Dockery works as a staffer for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI). In a recent interview with Fox News he shared that he does not agree how recent NFL players have chosen to kneel during the playing of the national anthem, reports The Washington Free Beacon.
“What I do on a daily basis, I basically block and tackle. It’s my job to build key alliances to help move the Speaker’s agenda forward,” Derrick Dockery said.
Dockery was a third-round draft pick out of Texas and wound up seeing stints with the Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys over a 10-year career. His last season was in 2012.
During his offseason, Dockery started interning on the House Budget Committee of which Ryan was the chairman of.
After that, he became a staffer in Ryan’s office for two years working on everything from tax reform to school choice. Now his official title is Business coalitions director for Speaker Ryan.
Dockery says in the interview that he “was born to play football and now I have been having to transition from the field to the hill. Obviously, it was a tough transition, but with the help of a great team around me, it’s easy now.”
He said he didn’t care about politics until two of his Bills teammates pulled him into their conversations, and the lineman started thinking about how much he had to pay in taxes.
“I enjoy getting up every day and having a purpose. I’m not at home trying to figure out what’s next. I enjoy working with people. I enjoy being a part of a team. That’s the main thing, being a part of the team,” he said.
Wallace then moved on to ask him a more decisive question, about what his opinions were on the recent protest some NFL players have been doing by taking a knee during the national anthem.
Dockery said inequities in the criminal justice system should be addressed, but he is uncomfortable with the national anthem being used as a protest.
The interview also highlighted a charity that Dockery and his wife started called “Yellow Ribbons United,” which assists veterans and the families of those killed in action. They began the charity of Dockery’s wife’s brother was killed in action in Afghanistan.