May 27, 2022

Colin Kaepernick: ‘The NFL is supposed to be a meritocracy’


In a rarity, since a renewed push to get back in the NFL, Colin Kaepernick spoke publicly about trying to resume his playing career and has one simple message for team executives: “Let me compete.”

Kaepernick’s journey from dual-threat young-gun quarterback, to Super Bowl signal-caller, to champion of social advocacy, and then out of the league has been one of the most fascinating football tales over the last decade. While there has never been an official statement from the league and its owners that the Nevada alum is unwanted in the sport, that has been the unspoken stance taken by those in decision-maker roles since he last played a down in 2016.

Despite how divisive Kaepernick’s decision to speak out on social injustices by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem was, many of the topics he pushed to the forefront of the NFL conversation have taken on a greater priority in society over the last few years. And that has turned him from an alienating figure to a sympathetic one as he has lost valuable years of his athletic prime on the sidelines.

Colin Kaepernick is fine with being an NFL backup next season