An example of take-a-knee is the coach deciding the quarterback should take a knee in order to run out the clock and preserve a lead.
An example of take-a-knee is NFL player Colin Kaepernick deciding to take a knee during the national anthem before games to protest police violence.
- In 2017, the innocent phrase "take-a-knee" took on a new, politically-charged meaning after other football players knelt in support of Colin Kaepernick and his police-brutality protest and were criticized by many, including the president.
- The soldiers on patrol were ordered to pause and take a knee so they could assess the situation and decide on the best course of action.
- It was sugggested to the 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick that instead of sitting during the national anthem to protest police violence it would be more respectful to take a knee.
- With only two minutes left in the game the quarterback was told to take a knee and end the play so as to defend the team's slim lead.
- The players take a knee and huddle around the coach while he gives them the plays.