Colin Kaepernick

Nolan Hoppe, Reporter

   From second round draft pick to perennial all star, to near Super Bowl champion, the career of Colin Kaepernick seemed like somewhat of a dream. He had a narrative that compared him to polarizing players such as Michael Vick, but quickly this narrative was changed forever.

On Sept. 1, 2016, San Francisco 49er’s quarterback knelt during the National Anthem protesting the oppression of minority groups.

   “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said to NFL media after a game on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.    

   Since then however, Kaepernick became the so called “black sheep” of football. NFL owners soon after became less inclined to trade for, or sign him after he was cut. Media attention surrounding him became more than the game itself. Players not only on his own team, but those on other teams and in different professional sports leagues such as Bruce Maxwell, A player for the Oakland Athletics upon the time that he knelt. The game itself became secondary within these players who knelt, kneeling for unity as well as making a statement for what they believe in, no matter the cost. 

   This, for NFL owners is a big concern, not because they would receive backlash for signing Kaepernick, but because Kaepernick holds such a polarizing opinion on civil subjects that a rift in the respective team could be created due to the conversation and actions that could be brought through the subject matter, thus making play a much more cloudy thing to focus on.

   An underlying story that was never fully covered however, was that during that season Kaepernick was benched the previous season due to poor play. Was his kneel a grasp for attention hoping that his team would rally around him and give him the starting job? Would he have taken the same action if he was in his true 2012 form where he went through a gauntlet playoff schedule to reach the Super Bowl and subsequently lose? All these are in the past however and one thing is remaking to be seen. Will Colin Kaepernick be signed once again by a team after holding a workout for NFL General Managers and Scouts on Nov. 16? Would you sign him?