Colin Kaepernick has emerged as a symbol of standing up for one’s beliefs and taking action. His decision to protest against law enforcement reform during the national anthem generated significant attention and controversy. Despite explaining his motivations, Kaepernick faced backlash from the media and was effectively ostracized from the NFL after the 2016 season.
The league settled a collusion case with Kaepernick in 2019, with speculation about a financial settlement.
However, Kaepernick’s desire to play did not wane. In November 2019, the NFL organized an open workout for him, but Kaepernick changed the location, which caught the attending teams off guard and led to strained relations.
Fast forward to 2023, Kaepernick reached out to the New York Jets, expressing interest in joining their practice squad, given their need for a quality quarterback due to Aaron Rodgers’ injury. However, the Jets declined the opportunity. In my opinion, Kaepernick should consider retiring.
While his activism and philanthropy have made a lasting impact, it seems that the NFL has moved on from him. Despite the potential to still play after a period of inactivity, further attempts might only tarnish his legacy. It is often wise to quit while ahead, and I believe this applies in Kaepernick’s case.