So the NFL is going to play the black national anthem before the week#1 games. NFL plans to play Black national anthem before Week 1 games - CNN Are we expected to stand? As a 34 year season ticket holder, I won’t be standing or kneeling. I will just be sitting quietly waiting for it to end. Do they really expect me to stand for the black national anthem when we know the majority of the players will be kneeling for our National Anthem?