As an avid football fan for over a decade, Colin Kaepernick is someone that I'll never forget. And I'm not happy about why I can never forget him. En route to his Super Bowl appearance during the 2012 NFL Season, Kaepernick destroyed my Green Bay Packers in the 2012 NFC Divisional Playoffs. He dropped 45 points on the Packers defense while amassing over 250 passing yards and over 180 yards rushing yards. Yes, I said that correctly. Over 180 yards rushing. That means he nearly ran the length of two football fields with 300-pound men trying to tackle him.
I've seen Kaepernick do amazing things, and I believe that he deserves another shot in the league.
In terms of his social beliefs, I agree with him. I think that he has every right to protest, and I do not find his kneeling disrespectful to the flag or our country. However, my beliefs in this area are not the reason why Colin should get a chance to be in the NFL. I'm not even suggesting that he SHOULD be in the NFL. All I'm saying is that he deserves another shot.
If we remove all of the social aspects, there's no question that he has proven he has what it takes to play in the NFL. You don't amass 12,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards by accident over an NFL career. Moreover, he led a team to the Super Bowl. And trust me, there are quarterbacks who have accomplished far less getting a paycheck from the NFL every Sunday.
Fortunately, Colin Kaepernick has been granted a workout by the NFL this coming Saturday, and I wish him nothing but the best. If he can still throw and run, then a struggling NFL team should pick him up. If I'm giving my two cents, I think the Chicago Bears should take him. Even though they are my rival team and they would become significantly better with him, I still think it would be an amazing fit.
Ultimately, I think it's time that we move past his social commentary and view him for what he wants to be, a professional football player. The only question that I think we should be wondering is: can he still play? If he can, then we need to decide: who's going to pick him up?