Taylor Heinicke started for the just the second time in his NFL career Saturday night as the Washington Football Team’s quarterback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but his performance was spectacular enough to earn him praise despite his team’s loss.
Heinicke started as the team’s quarterback after franchise quarterback Alex Smith suffered another injury and backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins was released from the team for violating COVID-19 protocols. Heinicke took his chance and ran with it, literally, rushing for 46 years on six carries and securing one touchdown. He also had 306 passing yards, which yielded a touchdown and an interception, according to CBS Sports. After his stellar performance, the former XFL quarterback said he hoped to stay in Washington to continue his career.
But Heinicke’s performance meant nothing to those who seek to stamp out conservatives from the public space. In August, a post on Medium criticized Heinicke for supporting President Donald Trump and being a conservative critical