Bears' Ziggy Hood: Mizzou students 'did it the right way'

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Former Missouri defensive lineman Ziggy Hood, now with the Bears, praised peaceful campus protests. (AP)

Saying that Missouri students “did it the right way,” former Tigers football player Ziggy Hood praised the peaceful protests that resulted in the resignation of the chancellor and president amid claims of racial inequality on campus.

The football team threatened not to play before president Tim Wolfe resigned Monday.

“After seeing the whole news and everything play out, it was kinda good to see that unfold,” said Hood, a defensive lineman signed by the Bears last month to replace Jeremiah Ratliff. “I’m not going to say it’s a black thing, but it’s a whole race thing, and the entire student body, including athletes, they did it the right way.

“They did it how you’re supposed to. If you have an issue, stand up for it, but it didn’t turn ugly. It didn’t turn violent. It was peaceful. That’s what you’re supposed to do.

“And when you do it peaceful like that, there’s a whole collective — everybody stood behind it, and they had things move around.”

Share Events on The CubeHood, one of 20 Missouri alums in the NFL, said he never felt direct discrimination on campus before being drafted in the first round in 2009.

“Me personally, never had to deal with anything like that,” he said. “But I heard stories from regular people in the regular student body.”

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