Tomorrow is going to be a year since Colin Kaepernick first protested in a National League game by sitting down during the National Anthem. Even though it was first noticed until the third pre seasonal game, having as a consequence a fallout for him and the league. It’ amazing how one can be one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league, being the fourth pick in the second round of the 2011 draft, and just by showing some disagreement on how your country treat your equals by protesting against racial injustice you can get unemployed.
Even NFL legends as Jim Brown, that used to play with the Cleveland Browns, has shown his disagreement with the ex 49ers QB by saying “Colin has to make up his mind, whether he is truly an activist or a football player”. This being said by a colored skin athlete is quite shocking, as well as a little bit contradictory since in the same declarations he states: “who is Kaepernick calling on to follow what he is talking about?”, when in fact it’s worth mentioning that he has meet more than a few supporters around the league, you can look at what the Browns did during the first pre-season game.
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A good news is that even though most of his last season teammates said that they understood his beliefs but did not think was the most appropriate way to do it, in an article that 49er Kevin Lynch put together that involved interviews with 37 of Colin’s teammates; offers a valuable insight that a source told him that NaVorro Bowman (being one that said it was not the most appropriate thing for the field), was in fact the one who pushed for Kaepernick to get the Len Eshmont Award, which goes to the player who best exemplifies courageous and inspirational play. Not all the integrity has been lost. There’s still some hope.