It’s been more than four years since Colin Kaepernick took his last NFL snap. Kaepernick has used this time away from the league to ramp up his social change efforts through various partnerships. With the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers set to play Super Bowl 55, the former quarterback found a way to upstage the event.
Colin Kaepernick remains out of the NFL
Since the 2016 season, Colin Kaepernick hasn’t played another down in the NFL.
As Kaepernick continues his steadfast push for social change, he has made it evident that he wants to play again. The 33-year-old repeatedly utilizes his social media platforms to demonstrate that he wants an opportunity through various workouts.
Before the 2020 season, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and several NFL coaches stated that Kaepernick should be competing to be on a team’s 55-man roster. Since then, nothing has transpired toward that direction.
With Super Bowl 55 ahead this weekend, Kaepernick has found a way to keep himself relevant around the league.
Colin Kaepernick finds a way to upstage NFL at Super Bowl 55
Although Colin Kaepernick remains off an NFL roster, his presence around the league continues to stay prevalent.
With the NFL set to play Super Bowl 55 between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kaepernick found a way to keep his name in the picture. According to People.com, his partnership with Ben & Jerry’s has led the ice cream company to unveil both a mural and billboards in Tampa Bay, Florida, ahead of Sunday’s contest.
The artwork displays Kaepernick along with the phrase “I Know My Rights,” which references his non-profit organization, Know Your Rights Camp. The group’s mission is to “advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities.”
The mural is titled “Change the Whirled,” created through a partnership with artist-activist Brandan “BMike” Odums. The artwork displays young people of color wearing various shirts with the wording “Power to the People” and “I Know My Rights.”
Kaepernick is also on the mural wearing one of those shirts while holding a fist up that symbolically unites him with the Black Lives Matter movement. The Know Your Rights camp began in 2016, holds a 10-point system that helps Black and Brown people having their rights to be free, healthy, safe, loved, courageous, alive, trusted, educated, brilliant, and knowing their rights.
Ben & Jerry’s has been one of the most socially active companies in the country over the last several months. They have significantly advocated for social justice while bringing tremendous attention to those that lost their lives in these unfortunate incidents involving police brutality.
Roger Goodell voices praise toward him
Colin Kaepernick hasn’t wavered in his desire to get another shot at playing in the NFL.
Kaepernick remains in shape while continuing his social justice efforts to bring awareness and action. Before Super Bowl 55, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell praised the 33-year-old by stating that he deserves much recognition and appreciation. (H/T WFTS Tampa Bay)
“Colin was one of the individuals who obviously brought a great deal of attention to this,” said Goodell. “We now, I think, have a platform and an ability to work with our players to address those issues that they’ve identified in their communities, in our communities, that we can help and we can address.”
Goodell’s recent comments are on the same path that dates back to last August when he apologized to Kaepernick, voicing that the NFL should have listened to him earlier. Despite these encouraging remarks, the former quarterback continues to remain on the outside looking in without any traction toward garnering another chance to play.
Regardless if he gets an opportunity to play in the NFL again, Kaepernick will continue his push for social justice.