Alex Smith is a supporter of Colin Kaepernick.
Smith held an interview on “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” on ESPN Radio on Friday and not only spoke about his injury that he is still rehabbing, but addressed his time playing with Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco.
The fact that Kaepernick still doesn’t have a job in the league, Smith said, is “absurd.”
“It was hard to kind of see that trajectory because he was playing so good, and doing things nobody had done,” Smith told ESPN Radio’s “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.” “I think he still holds the single-game rushing record for a quarterback. It was crazy.
“So with that said, it was so absurd — I think equally — that it was only a few years later when you’re like, ‘This guy doesn’t have a job.’ That was hard to imagine. It still is, a guy with his ability and his trajectory that all of a sudden isn’t playing.”
During 10 starts in the 2012 regular season and playoffs, Kaepernick threw for 2,406 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions while also racking up 502 rushing yards. The 49ers would go on to trade Smith to the Chiefs the following offseason.
After making it to another NFC Championship Game in Kaepernick’s first full season as the starter, the team would not qualify for the postseason in his final three years with the team.
Despite what people say, Kaepernick didn’t enter the 2016 season as the starter, not because he lost his job, but because he was working his way back from an injury to his left shoulder. The spotlight would soon be placed on him after he sat, then kneeled during the playing of the National Anthem that year.
He has remained unsigned since the end of the 2016 season.