Inadequate NFL Back-up QB Play Clearly Proves NFL Is Blackballing Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick is not an NFL Pro-Bowl quarterback. While his trajectory may have once appeared to have him destined for greatness, the rails have come off of the tracks for the former San Francisco 49ers QB. While he may no longer be a Pro-Bowl caliber player – or even a starting quarterback is today’s game – he is more than worthy of a spot on an NFL roster. The fact that he remains unsigned clearly proves that the league is indeed blackballing Kaepernick.

Like I said, he is not a Pro-Bowl player. He may not even be a starter. But neither is Ryan Mallett. Neither is Geno Smith. Neither is Christian Hackenberg. Or Matt Barkley or Ryan Fitzpatrick or Scott Tolzien or Kellen Clemens. Yet all of those players are on NFL rosters, and many of them are listed as a QB2. I haven’t even mentioned the third string quarterbacks who are on NFL rosters across the league. They all have jobs. Are they all better players than Kaepernick?

Not even close. But, guess what. None of those players ever took a knee during the National Anthem. None of them. None of those players have spoken out against racial inequality or any of the other divisive issues that currently plague America. None of them have done anything close to what Kaepernick has done to promote what critics call an “agenda.”

An agenda, huh? Racial injustice is an agenda? The disgusting views and treatment toward many minorities in this country doesn’t deserve attention? Seriously? Is Kaepernick wrong? Is this country not divided? Because to me, it appears as if this nation is more divided than ever. It is sad. It is ignorant. It is appalling. Whether or not you agree with how Kaepernick has brought light to this dark matter, you would be completely ignorant and foolish to pretend that what he is doing this for is not an issue.

Others are showing support during National Anthem kneel-downs, yet because No. 7 did it first, he is being blackballed by the league.

2016 was not a banner season for Kaepernick on the field. But he did manage to throw 16 touchdowns in 331 attempts. In comparison, Carson Wentz threw 16 touchdowns in 607 attempts. Brock Osweiler threw 15 touchdowns in 510 attempts. Alex Smth tossed 15 touchdowns in 489 attempts. Fitzpatrick threw just 12 touchdowns in 403 attempts, while Case Keenum tossed only nine touchdowns in 322 attempts. Kaepernick also was intercepted just four times on the season, while Osweiler and Fitzpatrick were picked off 16 and 17 times on the season.

Again, I think that by now, the fact that Kaepernick remains unsigned clearly has nothing to do with his numbers. Tell me that he could not be filling in for Joe Flacco right now as the Baltimore Ravens number two quarterback. Tell me that he could not be competing for the New York Jets starting quarterback or position. Or the Jacksonville Jaguars. Or the Cleveland Browns. I have no doubt in my mind that Kaepernick is still talented enough to plat at an NFL level, whether that is as a starter or as a reserve. The fact that he is not currently receiving that opportunity speaks volume to the fact that all 32 teams are clearly afraid to bring him in to the fold. Yet, players charged with domestic violence maintain their spot on a roster. Players who have failed multiple drug tests remain on rosters. Players who have been charged with actual crimes continue to make millions of dollars.Even other players continue to kneel during the Anthem, yet since they did not do it first, they are still playing. So, what exactly is Kaepernick’s offense?

He was the first to take a stance.

By taking a knee.

In a country divided by racism and prejudice, Colin Kaepernick wanted to bring about a change.

How is that a bad thing?

 

About the author

Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.