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Former Alabama lineman and current Buffalo Bills offensive tackle officially became a United States citizen this after he and his family moved from Cameroon 19 years ago. On Thursday, Kouandjio took the Oath of Allegiance and led the Pledge of Allegiance with 33 other people became U.S. citizens.

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That might explain why he said that he would never kneel during the anthem like Colin Kaepernick has done all season.

“I can’t kneel during the anthem,” Kouandjio said. “I don’t blame Colin Kaepernick for doing what he did. But for me, I have too much respect for a flag and anthem that represent freedom and liberty.”

“I love this country,” he said. “Me myself, I’ll just tell you, I’m a Christian, and I feel like the forefathers of this country built this constitution around Christian values — Christian values like freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — and I’m just glad to be a part of it.”