"Just putting it out there that Pat Tillman sacrificed just a *bit more than Colin Kaepernick," commentator Stephen Miller of Fox News tweeted.
Others suggested that Tillman would have supported the players’ right to protest before games. Meanwhile, other posters criticized using Tillman to politicize the issue.
Tillman's widow, Marie Tillman, released a statement last year saying her husband's service "should never be politicized in a way that divides us," the Republic reported.
Tillman’s family has not commented on the Nike campaign, the newspaper reported.