Will Colin Kaepernick Get A Second Chance In The NFL

Author: Mansi


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It is hard to believe a world-class quarterback is without a job in the NFL and there’s nothing to do with his injuries or surgeries.

Colin Kaepernick is an American football quarterback, a Civil Rights Activist, and a free agent now. He has appeared in six seasons of the National Football League (NFL) for San Francisco 49ers and has no job at present. Kaepernick started his college career with the Nevada Wolf Pack as a backup quarterback. 

As his graduation ended, he found himself with 49ers in the second round of 2011 NFL Draft as a backup quarterback to Alex Smith. His career picked up the starters’ seat with 49ers in the 2012 season when Alex had to leave due to his brain injury. 

Kaepernick’s Overall Performance.

As Kaepernick started his professional career with 49ers in the 2012 season, he led the team to its first Super Bowl appearance after 1994. In the next season i.e. 2013, he pushed 49ers into the NFC Championship Game.

Kaepernick was also named WAC (Western Athletic Conference) Offensive Player of the Year twice because of his insane stats as a sophomore while he was playing for Wolf Pack. 

In his college career, he also became the only player who dominated (from 2007 to 2010) NCAA Division I FBS in history with 10098 passing yards, 4112 rushing yards, 82 passing touchdowns, 52 rushing touchdowns, and 24 interceptions.

No player in FBS college football has gone over 10,000 passing yards in his career while Kaepernick wrote a different story.

What’s wrong with Colin Kaepernick?

Being a civil rights activist, Kaepernick put the protest first before football, and this is not what we are saying. 

In the third preseason game of 49ers (against Green Bay Packers) at the 2016 season, Kaepernick noticed to be sitting-down while America’s National Anthem was playing. 

He protested against racial inequality and police brutality against African Americans by opposing the tradition of standing.

Later when being asked after the game ended, to which he explained;

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” He further stated, “To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

He even accepted that he didn’t share anything about his plans to protest the national anthem with the team.

He also made clear that he is not looking for any validation of his actions to NFL media. 

To Kaepernick’s protest over the treatment of minorities, the NFL said  “players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem.”

Kaepernick announced his decision to opt-out of his contract, with the end of his signed period with 49ers, and enter free agency. He made the declaration in March 2017, while San Francisco 49ers stated that Kaepernick doesn’t fit into the plans of the incoming head coach Kyle Shanahan and will be released by the franchise.

Will Colin Get a Second Chance in the NFL?

At the time, when Kaepernick ignited the movement, many athletes and celebrities followed him. Even former President Barack Obama supported his actions at that time. Also, the U.S. Army veteran Richard Allen Smith who said that Kaepernick has the right to do that (kneeling) and that he stands for Black Lives Matter against police brutality.

After Trump lashed out on Kaepernick’s kneeling action, he told himself the reason behind Kaepernick not being signed. In September 2017, Trump also pointed out in the Alabama Rally that the NFL owners must react to a player's protest by firing them.

Kaepernick arranged an open workout with the NFL in November 2019, the gesture can be a hint towards his preparation for a comeback this season.

After the incident of police brutality with George Floyd ignited, the NFL and the players are planning to pick up Kaepernick’s movement. And this can be a strong reason for Kaepernick’s comeback this season.

In one of the interviews with the Sinclair Broadcast Group, Trump reconsidered Kaepernick (but not kneeling) and said that he would love to see him again in the NFL. Thus, another green signal to his appearance.


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