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How long has Colin Kaepernick been out?

How long has Colin Kaepernick been out?

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Colin Kaepernick, a former NFL quarterback and social activist, has been absent from the National Football League (NFL) since the 2016 season. His absence has been a topic of significant discussion and controversy due to his activism and the subsequent impact on his football career.

Kaepernick's NFL Career

  • Kaepernick played for the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2016, during which he gained recognition for his skills as a quarterback and his activism off the field.
  • He initially gained prominence as the 49ers' starting quarterback in the 2012 season, leading the team to their first Super Bowl appearance in 18 years.

The Protest and Subsequent Departure

  • In 2016, Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem at NFL games to protest racial injustice and police brutality in the United States.
  • Following the 2016 season, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers and became a free agent.
  • Despite his status as a free agent, Kaepernick has remained unsigned by any NFL team, leading to allegations of being blackballed due to his on-field political statements.

Timeline of Events

  • After leaving the 49ers, Kaepernick has not been signed by any NFL team, and his absence from professional football has been the subject of ongoing debate and speculation.
  • In 2017, he filed a grievance against the NFL, accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of the league.
  • Despite gaining recognition for his activism and receiving various awards, including being named "Citizen of the Year" by GQ Magazine and receiving the Courageous Advocate award from the ACLU, Kaepernick's return to the NFL has not materialized.

Impact and Legacy

  • Kaepernick's absence from the NFL has sparked discussions about the intersection of sports and activism, leading to widespread debate and controversy.
  • His protest during the national anthem and subsequent absence from the NFL have had a lasting impact on the league, igniting discussions about social justice and the role of athletes in advocating for change.

Colin Kaepernick, a prominent NFL quarterback and social activist, has been out of the NFL since the 2016 season. His absence has been a focal point of controversy and has sparked discussions about activism, athlete advocacy, and the intersection of sports and social issues.


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