If you’ve been living in a cave or maybe on a deserted island, you may not have heard of Colin Kaepernick. Here’s a brief recap. In 2011, he was drafted in the second round by the San Francisco 49ers. He was drafted out of Nevada. This is school which is not known for great NFL prospects. Yet, in his second year, he found his way onto the football field. He was tall, he threw a really good deep ball. He was also fast. He led the San Francisco 49ers not just to the playoffs but to the Super Bowl. He was a dynamic player. The San Francisco 49ers ran an unconventional offense and yet they made it to the Super Bowl. Now, to be honest, to be fair, Colin Kaepernick was not God’s gift to quarterbacks. He did not see the field particularly well. He tended to stare down his receivers. In summary, he was a dynamic quarterback who ran the ball well and through an exceptionally good deep ball.
As everyone knows, Colin Kaepernick decided to protest the police shootings of unarmed black men and women by kneeling during the national anthem. This caused public scrutiny of the NFL. In my opinion, it also caused the NFL to release Kaepernick. Since then, there’s been a lot of back and forth. There’s been a national debate without resolution. There’s been a lawsuit. So, as a “olive branch” the NFL offered a “workout” to Kaepernick.
Let’s all understand what’s going on. The NFL would like everybody to believe that if you have the ability you can play in the NFL. This is mostly true. On the other hand, you must understand that the NFL is an entertainment business. It is a multibillion-dollar entertainment business much like Paramount, Disney or any of the Hollywood studios. The NFL wants you to enjoy the product that they put on display every Sunday. They don’t want you to think about social unrest. They don’t want to think about protesting players. They want to spend your money, eat popcorn and enjoy the show.
Players like Colin Kaepernick prevent this harmony from happening. Whether he intended it or not, he started a controversy that gave the NFL a black eye. It has taken years for the NFL to get over this incident. Since Kaepernick, you had white men complaining about the NFL. White men!!! They live for the NFL. You had Donald Trump and others railing against the NFL and the protest. The NFL was worried. They were worried about profits. They have no intention of bringing up protests, again. Hiring Kaepernick would open up this wound once again. Therefore, I don’t care how well his workout goes. I don’t care whether he works out in Atlanta or San Francisco or on the moon, it simply doesn’t matter. No team in the NFL is going to hire this man. This is the reality.
Without looking at a bunch of stats we KNOW that Kaepernick is a better QB then 4 or 5 QBs who are currently starting in the NFL. He just is. Yet, he is sitting at home and they are playing. Why would this happen if the NFL is “all about winning?” This happens because the NFL is about about image first. Unless Colin and his agent can figure out how to re-brand him as a QB worthy of being placed on a Wheaties box, he is stuck. No one will hire him. This is reality.