Colin Kaepernick is a former NFL quarterback who is currently a free agent. He played six seasons for the San Francisco 49ers. He is well known as being the player that started kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality in the United States. Get all of the latest Colin Kaepernick news here!
Colin Kaepernick played college football for the University of Nevada, Reno. He maintained a 4.0 grade point average and graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He was drafted 36th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the 49ers. His first year in the league was spent primarily on the bench as a backup to Alex Smith. He was moved to starting quarterback after Smith suffered a concussion and helped lead the team to their first Super Bowl appearance since 1994.
Kaepernick continued to battle for the starting quarterback spot for a few years. In 2016, he sat and kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. This action was highly politicized, and Kaepernick has remained a free agent since that season. He reached a confidential settlement with the NFL after filing a grievance accusing league owners of collusion to keep him out of the league.