Over the last couple of weeks, the conversation around the NFL has shifted toward the continued social injustices that the black community has faced, especially after the disheartening passing of George Floyd. It has thrust Colin Kaepernick’s name back into the headlines as he made a strong stand for bringing attention to those issues when he was with the San Francisco 49ers. The collective push from the players to center on that subject has put forth a building notion that it could open the door for Kaepernick to return the NFL. With that in mind, the former star quarterback appears to be ready to make that come fruition.
Colin Kaepernick’s NFL future
The discussion around Colin Kaepernick’s football future has become a prominent topic around the NFL.
Kaepernick has remained on the outside looking in for nearly the last four years. There have been numerous situations that have cropped up that could have seen him receiving another chance to play in the league, but instead, teams have continued to pass on him due to the potential perceived distractions that he brings.
The 32-year-old has remained firm in his stance along with his desire to continue playing football as proven with his workout late last year. It’s only a matter of him getting that opportunity to play again.
Colin Kaepernick motivated more than ever before for NFL return
Much of the chatter around Colin Kaepernick’s potential NFL return has come from other than him.
It has been building chatter that Kaepernick has become quite aware of the situation, which he is continuing to gear himself more than ever before to make a comeback, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
He’s not. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Kaepernick is in great shape, and he wants to play. And he is “more motivated to play than ever” to the NFL.
That isn’t to say that Kaepernick has offers lined up, but rather that he’s ready to go if that opportunity comes his way. It has been a situation that hasn’t changed much if at all with his preparedness to return, which he voiced thoroughly following his workout last year.
It has been on the NFL to make a move to give him the chance to prove he still belongs in the league. That part of the equation is out of his control, but he’s staying prepared physically for the moment if or when it comes.
Will Colin Kaepernick get a shot at an NFL comeback?
The entire situation comes down to the NFL presenting Colin Kaepernick with a chance to play in the league again.
Kaepernick’s message concerning social injustice and
oppression toward minorities, especially the black community, has changed over the three-plus years. What has continued to occur in the United States and the increased public pushback over the last couple of weeks has only further underlined that as a prominent social issue.
What may change things is many other superstar players such as Patrick Mahomes, Odell Beckham Jr., Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, and Tyrann Mathieu, among others, have vocally pushed for change in the NFL. It’s all but a certainty that there will be kneeling in the 2020 season as Adrian Peterson has already confirmed he will do. The NFL knows where their players stand on the social issues, and it’s on them to right another wrong by giving Kaepernick a fair opportunity.