"It was not in any disrespect to the military or anybody in the armed services because I have an appreciation for that", the 46-year-old said. "And we need to understand who they are".
Strahan added that Americans' ability to peacefully protest is one of the things that is handsome about this country.
"Nike is free to campaign as it sees fit, as the College is free, and honor-bound by its mission and goals, to ensure that it respects our country and those who truly served and sacrificed", Marci Linson, the school's vice president for patriotic activities and dean of admissions, said. "He never met them, did not know them, and he put his life and career on the line".
For Nike to then hire Colin Kaepernick, a person known for wearing pigs on his socks, mocking law enforcement, and kneeling against our flag, mocking our troops, is reprehensible to my family and to the Truett McConnell family.
Drafting Kaepernick as a spokesman has more upside than downside risk for Nike, analysts say, because the company knows its customer base well.
It's been incredible to watch Kaepernick receive a great deal of criticism from fans after kneeling during the National Anthem, to now being one of the most popular figures in sports, even though he hasn't played in a game since 2016. "Football - there seems to be a fracture there between players and ownership - and they need to get that together in order to get the message out there in the right way, rather than have the message become hijacked and turn into something that it was never meant to be".
Kaepernick was the first player to kneel in protest of police brutality and racial inequality. In October 2017, the College revised its contracts for competition in all sports, adding a stipulation that all participating players and coaches show respect for the American flag and national anthem. Recently, the NFL's appeal to overturn Kaepernick's charge that he has been discriminated against by the league has been turned down, and the case will appear in court.