Sitting down for a cause
Colin Kaepernick's life changed forever last year when he decided to begin kneeling for the National Anthem. He wanted to draw attention, not on himself, but to shed light on how he believes this country still oppresses people of color. That is his view and Kaepernick felt the best way to let his message be heard was by kneeling during the National Anthem. There are some people who were offended by this gesture, and rightly so. After moving forward a season, and looking back at the kind of year he had last year (nearly 2,800 yards of total offense and 16 touchdowns to four interceptions) I find it hard to believe he is without a job.
There are other people in the league who have committed worse acts than Kaepernick has.
I am all for second chances, but Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison for running a "cruel and inhumane" dogfighting ring. After serving time, he was welcomed back to the NFL with open arms. Adam "Pacman" Jones has been accused of various things, including paying $11 million in damages to two Las Vegas strip club employees in 2007. He came back in 2010 and has made an impact for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Kaepernick isn't Tom Brady, Phillip Rivers or Aaron Rodgers. He probably isn't even Andy Dalton. I would certainly like it if a person such as Kaepernick were backing my starting quarterback up in case he got injured. Not only does he have the skill set, but it has been shown over the last year that he has great mental toughness.
Look, there will be some backlash from some fans no matter which team decides to take a chance on him, if any team does. And rightly so. Showing disrespect to a flag that men and women fought so hard to defend is insulting. There are 53 players on an NFL roster. You don't have to like all 53, but quarterback is the most important position on the team. If the quarterback helps your team win, your attitude toward him might change.
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Ty Loftis is the sports editor for the Carroll County News. His email address is CCNSports@cox-internet.com