It has been four seasons since Colin Kaepernick last played in the NFL. We don’t have to pretend like Kaepernick is coming back to the NFL anytime soon, just as we don’t have to pretend like talent is the reason Kaepernick is out of the NFL. That’s an argument that still happens, believe it or not, despite that Kyle Allen, John Wolford, and Chad Henne started games in the NFL this past season.
From San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith spoke to NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt on Brandt’s 10 Questions podcast, where Smith went to bat for his former teammate:
“It’s so tragic looking. I think [Kaepernick] was ahead of his time, certainly trying to call out social injustice, especially around police reform. The country wasn’t ready. Nobody was ready for it. And he’s sitting there trying to tell everybody through a completely peaceful manner about some of the things going on in this country that had been going on for a long time, and to see the backlash that happened, it hurts. It hurts looking back at it.
The country wasn’t ready for it, and he suffered the repercussions with his job. . . . I mean, he lost his livelihood. Tragic, sad, but obviously he was incredibly brave and certainly proud of him, to even know him and what he’s done, because fast forward a few years later and I think we all were like, ‘He obviously was trying to tell us something.’”
I remember last offseason when Kaepernick had a “tryout” that was supposed to give him an opportunity to prove himself to NFL teams. Despite throwing the ball well during the session, Kaepernick didn’t get much more than a few tweets saying teams were interested. Eventually, this interest wained and everyone forget that it happened and eventually moved on.
Props to Alex for acknowleding a situation that may be old to some but there’s a whole other crowd — especially after the number of social injustices that happened during 2020 — who want to see No. 7 get his justice.