I remember when Colin Kaepernick was an underdog. Long before he received critical attention for kneeling during the National Anthem at a pre-season NFL game and before he was throwing touchdowns and flexing up. Kaepernick was a quarterback for the University of Nevada’s football team, and though the team wasn’t the highest ranked in the college football world, to say that they were a threat was an understatement. His rush and pass capabilities were astronomical, but it wasn’t until Nevada upset Boise State in 2010, his senior year, that Colin became a beloved figure in Nevada football and the quarterback Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers organization was scoping out for the future concern.
It’s been almost seven years and you’d think a quarterback that had taken the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl his first year as a starter and the NFC East Championship the following year would get a call right, RIGHT? Nope. Colin’s not getting any love from the “mainstream” audience these days and more importantly, there are no football gigs calling him either. After making national headlines for protesting back in 2016, we’ve seen a different Kaepernick both on and off the field (obviously), and an attitude that his “possible” employers have against his political views. It’s beautiful to see Kaepernick out here doing what he can to protest against racial oppression, and he still has more time to be a dope quarterback (with good coaching and staff around him). Unfortunately, as the days drift away and Colin continues to receive no call from an NFL team, I get the feeling that it’s not about his game on the field, especially with the trash that’s on the market. It’s about his views on this oppressive American system. The NFL heavily supports the current political values which may happen to include said “system”.
We may never see Kaepernick step on the field again.
Let’s be very clear, the last two years hasn’t been very good for Colin Kaepernick on the field. He’s been taking a couple of L’s ever since Jim Harbaugh left back in 2014. That’s a shame because they were actually a great tandem in the earlier days of the franchise before shit got real in the chemistry of the 49ers’ organization after their second playoff run was unsuccessful. Things started to change when Jim Trolusa came along for his brief period. Major key players left and then they hired Chip Kelly—a move that hardcore fans still regret to this day. The team lacked cohesiveness in its offense, but Colin did what he could to make things happen for the very terrible period that he actually did play. He rushed for over 2,000 yards, threw 16 touchdowns and had only four interceptions last year. There are people who have played worst in the league last season who were paid extensive contracts.
If there’s a paycheck for trash QB’s and a CBS gig for newly retired Tony Romo then there should be a home somewhere for Colin Kaepernick. He may not be the best quarterback in the league right now but the dude can still stick-and-move if he’s with the right coach, and hopefully, we could see him pull off maneuvers like he once used to.
So, why is he not getting signed?