Farmer plows a message for the NFL: 'We stand for the national anthem'

Retired farmer Gene Hanson, 77, has a special message for the NFL: “We stand for the National Anthem.”

Hanson plowed that phrase into his soybean field a week after President Trump called any NFL players who refused to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest social injustice and police brutality a "son of a b---h” who should be fired, condemning their actions as disrespectful to the nation's flag.

 “I go with [President] Trump on this one,” the North Dakota resident told Fox News Tuesday. “If you want to protest, that’s not the place to do it.”

RELATED: Click through these photos of crop circles

17 PHOTOS
German Crop Circle
See Gallery
German Crop Circle
The VonThun Farm in South Brunswick, N.J., created this fall corn maze as a tribute to Derek Jeter. 
People walk through crop circles shaped into a cornfield near Raisting, southern Germany, on July 28, 2014. According to media reports, a balloonist had discovered the circle some days ago. Since then, hundreds of people came to the field to watch it, however it is unclear who did create the pattern. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk through crop circles shaped into a cornfield near Raisting, southern Germany, on July 28, 2014. According to media reports, a balloonist had discovered the circle some days ago. Since then, hundreds of people came to the field to watch it, however it is unclear who did create the pattern. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk through crop circles shaped into a cornfield near Raisting, southern Germany, on July 28, 2014. According to media reports, a balloonist had discovered the circle some days ago. Since then, hundreds of people came to the field to watch it, however it is unclear who did create the pattern. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk through crop circles shaped into a cornfield near Raisting, southern Germany, on July 28, 2014. According to media reports, a balloonist had discovered the circle some days ago. Since then, hundreds of people came to the field to watch it, however it is unclear who did create the pattern. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk through crop circles shaped into a cornfield near Raisting, southern Germany, on July 28, 2014. According to media reports, a balloonist had discovered the circle some days ago. Since then, hundreds of people came to the field to watch it, however it is unclear who did create the pattern. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk through crop circles shaped into a cornfield near Raisting, southern Germany, on July 28, 2014. According to media reports, a balloonist had discovered the circle some days ago. Since then, hundreds of people came to the field to watch it, however it is unclear who did create the pattern. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Crop circles adorn wheat fields near to Walkers Hill White Horse and North of Alton Barnes, August 19, 2009 the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire, England. (Photo by David Goddard/Getty Images)
(JS) CROPCIRCLE07- Marc Wilson, who runs the 86 foot boom truck, look out over a wheat field a mile off the east-west DIA runways that Papa John™s has crafted into a six-acre crop circle promoting the company™s 100 percent whole-wheat pizza crust. Approximately 60 percent of the wheat used in this crust comes from the wheat fields of Colorado. RJ Sangosti/ The Denver Post (Photo By RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Crop circles adorn wheat fields near to Walkers Hill White Horse and North of Alton Barnes, August 19, 2009 the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire, England. (Photo by David Goddard/Getty Images)
WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Crop circles adorn wheat fields near to Walkers Hill White Horse and North of Alton Barnes, August 19, 2009 the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire, England. (Photo by David Goddard/Getty Images)
(JS) CROPCIRCLE07- Stan Herd, crop artist from Lawrence, KS, works on filling in holds in a crop circle in a wheat field a mile off the east-west DIA runways that Papa John™s hired him to create. Herd crafted a six-acre crop circle promoting the company™s 100 percent whole-wheat pizza crust. Approximately 60 percent of the wheat used in this crust comes from the wheat fields of Colorado. RJ Sangosti/ The Denver Post (Photo By RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Isabela, PHILIPPINES: This aerial photograph taken 30 September 2006 and made available 03 October by Greenpeace shows a huge circle made by local farmers and Greenpeace volunteers on a corn farm planted with a genetically-modified Bt corn in Isabela province, 300 kilometers north of Manila. The crop circle, with a slash over the letter 'M' symbolizes farmer rejection of genetically-modified Bt corn crops from Monsanto corporation. The protest coincides with Global Day of Action to protect corn, one of the world's most important staple foods against contamination from genetically-engineered (GE) varieties. AFP PHOTO/Melvyn Calderon/Greenpeace/HO RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE NO SALES NO ARCHIVES (Photo credit should read MELVYN CALDERON/AFP/Getty Images)
WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 2004: On Windmill Mill, Avebury Trusloe this crop circle could be found in this aerial photo taken on 22nd August 2004. (Photo by David Goddard/Getty Images)
Crop circle near West Kennet, Wiltshire, 1998. Some people regard crop circles as evidence of UFO contact or spiritual activity. Others believe they are hoaxes. (Photo by English Heritage/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
'Snowflake' crop circle near Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, 1997. Some people regard crop circles as evidence of UFO contact or spiritual activity. Others believe they are hoaxes. (Photo by English Heritage/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

“A lot of people died over our flag. We’re able to voice our opinion because of it. If you’re going to show respect for anything, do it for the national anthem," Hanson said.

According to the outlet, Hanson has plowed political statements into his fields before. Such messages include: “Feel the Bern," “Blue Lives Matter” and “GOP, get your act together.”

And though Hanson said he didn't vote for Trump in the primaries, he said he made a huge "Vote Trump" message by the time the presidential election rolled around.

He said his most popular message was the Prince symbol he plowed after the singer's death in 2016, but he received a ton of criticism for his "Never Hillary" message.

“Most responses have been positive, though,” Hanson said.

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.