32 Recruiters at Workout for Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick while he was a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, before he became a free agent.

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Colin Kaepernick while he was a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, before he became a free agent.

Jardin Jacoby, News Editor

In the past couple of years, Colin Kaepernick has become a household name because of his very public protests before his football games. In 2016 Kaepernick made headlines by nealing during the national anthem, an action that many people found offensive. He claimed his protests were to show support for racial minorities that he felt were being mistreated in the United States, while many people viewed it as a disrespectful action not only against the country but also to the veterans that fight for it. As the protest grew the NFL decided to fine any team whose players kneeled. In 2017 Kaepernick decided to end his contract with the San Fransico 49s and become a free agent but failed to be picked up by a new team.

Despite not having a team, Kapernick has no regrets when it comes to his decision not to stand. “To me, this is something that has to change,” Kaepernick said in an August 2016 interview. “And when there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent and this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

He fulfilled his promise to donate one million dollars to organizations that represent oppressed communities. In 2017 he filed a grievance against the NFL claiming that the owners were working together to stop him from being signed. Kaepernick made headlines again in 2018 when he starred in an ad campaign for Nike.

Three years later Kapernick is returning to the football scene by hosting a workout with thirty-two recruiters watching. It took place at Charles Drew High School in Riverdale, GA on Nov. 16. Some of the team representatives that came to the event were from the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, and the New York Jets. Although he has not been on an official NFL team for three seasons he still drew lots of attention, not only from teams but from fans as well. After speaking to the scouts from the Redskins, Jets, and Chiefs Kapernick said, “When you go back, tell your owners to stop being scared.” There has been no comment from the NFL if Kapernick will be picked up by a team in the future.