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Wikipedia Summary for Colin Kaepernick

Colin Rand Kaepernick ( KAP-ər-nik; born November 3, 1987) is an American civil rights activist and former football quarterback. He played six seasons for the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League (NFL). In 2016, he knelt during the national anthem at the start of NFL games in protest of police brutality and racial inequality in the United States.

Kaepernick played college football for the Nevada Wolf Pack, where he was named the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Offensive Player of the Year twice and became the only player in NCAA Division I history to amass 10,000 passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards in a career. After graduating, he was selected by the 49ers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Kaepernick began his professional football career as a backup quarterback to Alex Smith, and became the 49ers' starter in the middle of the 2012 season after Smith suffered a concussion. He then remained the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season, leading the team to their first Super Bowl appearance since 1994. During the 2013 season, his first full season as a starter, Kaepernick helped the 49ers reach the NFC Championship Game. Over the next three seasons, Kaepernick lost and won back his starting job, with the 49ers missing the playoffs for three years consecutively.

In the 49ers' third preseason game in 2016, Kaepernick sat during the playing of the U.S. national anthem prior to the game, rather than stand as is customary, as a protest against racial injustice, police brutality and systematic oppression in the country. The following week, and throughout the regular season, Kaepernick kneeled during the anthem. The protests received highly polarized reactions, with some praising him and his stand against racism and others denouncing the protests. The actions resulted in a wider protest movement, which intensified in September 2017 after President Donald Trump said that NFL owners should "fire" players who protest during the national anthem. Kaepernick became a free agent after the season and remained unsigned, which numerous analysts and observers have attributed to political reasons. In November 2017, he filed a grievance against the NFL and its owners, accusing them of colluding to keep him out of the league. Kaepernick withdrew the grievance in February 2019 after reaching a confidential settlement with the NFL. His protests received renewed attention in 2020 amid the George Floyd protests against police brutality and racism, but he remains unsigned by any professional football team.

Quote: What other people think of how I play and how I go about things really isn't something I worry about. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

What other people think of how I play and how I go about things really isn't something I worry about.


Quote: Feelings aren't going to help me win a game. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Feelings aren't going to help me win a game.


Quote: I'm not too big on feelings. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I'm not too big on feelings.


Quote: I have great teammates around me who make plays. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I have great teammates around me who make plays.


Quote: I don't look like my high school self anymore. I feel like I look more like an adult now. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I don't look like my high school self anymore. I feel like I look more like an adult now.


Quote: Unless you're being carted off, you should be on the field. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Unless you're being carted off, you should be on the field.


Quote: I love America. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I love America.


Quote: Training, that's my specialty. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Training, that's my specialty.


Quote: I trained with a few Olympic runners and jumpers. Just to try to get a little bit faster, a little bit better. Anything I could do to try to get a little bit better and stay ahead of the competition. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I trained with a few Olympic runners and jumpers. Just to try to get a little bit faster, a little bit better. Anything I could do to try to get a little bit better and stay ahead of the competition.


Quote: There are a lot of details to running that I never even thought about. I just went out and ran. I think I can be faster. I think I can be quicker. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

There are a lot of details to running that I never even thought about. I just went out and ran. I think I can be faster. I think I can be quicker.


Quote: We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that aren't treated equally, aren't given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that aren't treated equally, aren't given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed.


Quote: Pressure comes from a lack of preparation. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Pressure comes from a lack of preparation.


Quote: At the end of the day, you have to look at, 'Are they knowledgeable? Are they doing their job?' Not what their appearance is. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

At the end of the day, you have to look at, 'Are they knowledgeable? Are they doing their job?' Not what their appearance is.


Quote: You're going to hurt, yes. You're going to have tweaks and problems. But you're a football player; you can play through those. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

You're going to hurt, yes. You're going to have tweaks and problems. But you're a football player; you can play through those.


Quote: I think, between the tattoos, the way I dress, the way I talk, people don't think it should go together with a franchise quarterback or someone that's leading the team or representing the organization. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I think, between the tattoos, the way I dress, the way I talk, people don't think it should go together with a franchise quarterback or someone that's leading the team or representing the organization.


Quote: The NFL is a performance-based business, so you should have to perform to earn some of your money. At the same time, I realize that my success isn't just because of what I do out there. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

The NFL is a performance-based business, so you should have to perform to earn some of your money. At the same time, I realize that my success isn't just because of what I do out there.


Quote: To me, I'm going out there focusing on competing, not worrying about cardio or anything like that. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

To me, I'm going out there focusing on competing, not worrying about cardio or anything like that.


Quote: People are terrified of them to the point where Trump wants to ban all Muslims from coming here, which is ridiculous. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

People are terrified of them to the point where Trump wants to ban all Muslims from coming here, which is ridiculous.


Quote: Thankfully, God blessed me with some legs that move pretty good, and we also get to wear pads, so I should be alright. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Thankfully, God blessed me with some legs that move pretty good, and we also get to wear pads, so I should be alright.


Quote: If we reach common ground, and can understand what everybody's going through, we can really affect change. And make sure that everyone is trated equally and has the same freedom. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

If we reach common ground, and can understand what everybody's going through, we can really affect change. And make sure that everyone is trated equally and has the same freedom.


Quote: There are a lot of other parts on this team that do great things to make it easy for me to go out there. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

There are a lot of other parts on this team that do great things to make it easy for me to go out there.


Quote: You're always going to be mad about a bad play. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

You're always going to be mad about a bad play.


Quote: It is really like a family. We are around each other more than we are around anybody else. The time we spend together, and the hard work we put in together, it is going to build a close team. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

It is really like a family. We are around each other more than we are around anybody else. The time we spend together, and the hard work we put in together, it is going to build a close team.


Quote: I have to learn more in order to preserve my body. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I have to learn more in order to preserve my body.


Quote: Nobody cares if you're black, white, straight, gay, Christian, Jewish, whatever it may be. When you step on that field, you're a member, in my case, the 49ers. That's your job, your occupation. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Nobody cares if you're black, white, straight, gay, Christian, Jewish, whatever it may be. When you step on that field, you're a member, in my case, the 49ers. That's your job, your occupation.


Quote: God has brought me this far. He has laid out a phenomenal path for me. And I can't do anything but thank him. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

God has brought me this far. He has laid out a phenomenal path for me. And I can't do anything but thank him.


Quote: Something you're aware of being a quarterback coming here-you have expectations, and you want to live up to those. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Something you're aware of being a quarterback coming here-you have expectations, and you want to live up to those.


Quote: It's not really pressure, unless you're not prepared. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

It's not really pressure, unless you're not prepared.


Quote: I never weighed myself when I was at my lightest because I didn't want to know. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I never weighed myself when I was at my lightest because I didn't want to know.


Quote: If intimidation is your game plan, I hope you have a better one. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

If intimidation is your game plan, I hope you have a better one.


Quote: I have great respect for people's right to believe what they want to believe. And I don't think anybody should be prosecuted or judged based on what their beliefs are. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I have great respect for people's right to believe what they want to believe. And I don't think anybody should be prosecuted or judged based on what their beliefs are.


Quote: Going out on the field frantic isn't going to help you score points. You have to try to lead your team. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Going out on the field frantic isn't going to help you score points. You have to try to lead your team.


Quote: I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for the USA. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That's not happening. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of Colin Kaepernick quote; white text on black background

I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for the USA. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That's not happening.


Quote: America stands for freedom, liberty and justice for all. And it's not happening for all right now. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

America stands for freedom, liberty and justice for all. And it's not happening for all right now.


Quote: There are a lot things that are going on that are unjust. People aren't being held accountable for. And that's something that needs to change. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

There are a lot things that are going on that are unjust. People aren't being held accountable for. And that's something that needs to change.


Quote: There's a lot of things that need to change, a lot of different issues that need to be addressed. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

There's a lot of things that need to change, a lot of different issues that need to be addressed.


Quote: I think people have put too much focus on me. I don't think they realize the other weapons we have on this team. I don't think they realize the great offensive line that we have. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I think people have put too much focus on me. I don't think they realize the other weapons we have on this team. I don't think they realize the great offensive line that we have.


Quote: There is police brutality. People of color have been targeted by police. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

There is police brutality. People of color have been targeted by police.


Quote: I can't look in the mirror and see people dying on the street that should have the same opportunities that I've had. And say 'You know what? I can live with myself.' Because I can't if I just watch. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I can't look in the mirror and see people dying on the street that should have the same opportunities that I've had. And say 'You know what? I can live with myself.' Because I can't if I just watch.




Quote: I'm going to speak the truth when I'm asked about it. This isn't for look. This isn't for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don't have the voice. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I'm going to speak the truth when I'm asked about it. This isn't for look. This isn't for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don't have the voice.


Quote: I was a Packers fan growing up, and just to see the way he played the game and how excited he was about it all the time, he's my favorite. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I was a Packers fan growing up, and just to see the way he played the game and how excited he was about it all the time, he's my favorite.


Quote: Being an NFL quarterback there's a lot of advantages that come with it. There are a lot of doors that open when you're a quarterback but at the same time there's a lot of scrutiny. There are a lot of things you can't do as well. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Being an NFL quarterback there's a lot of advantages that come with it. There are a lot of doors that open when you're a quarterback but at the same time there's a lot of scrutiny. There are a lot of things you can't do as well.


Quote: Score a touchdown, kiss your tattoo. Kaepernicking! by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Score a touchdown, kiss your tattoo. Kaepernicking!


Quote: To try to prey on athletes' livelihoods while one is going through a tough time is embarrassing to me. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

To try to prey on athletes' livelihoods while one is going through a tough time is embarrassing to me.


Quote: I like the old-school Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoons. I'm talking Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Bugs Bunny and Marvin the Martian! by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I like the old-school Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoons. I'm talking Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Bugs Bunny and Marvin the Martian!


Quote: I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.


Quote: I was always a Favre fan. I was born in Wisconsin, and my whole family was Packers fans, so I grew up watching him. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I was always a Favre fan. I was born in Wisconsin, and my whole family was Packers fans, so I grew up watching him.


Quote: I'm a Brewers fan. I was born in Milwaukee, so I'm all Wisconsin teams all day. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I'm a Brewers fan. I was born in Milwaukee, so I'm all Wisconsin teams all day.


Quote: Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.


Quote: When it comes down to it, you're playing football regardless of what offense you're in. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

When it comes down to it, you're playing football regardless of what offense you're in.


Quote: I'd say that, 99 percent of the time at Nevada, I knew what the coverage was and where I was probably going before the ball was snapped. It makes it very easy when I only had to read one person and know that I was going from here to here, and if not, I'm checking it down. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of Colin Kaepernick quote; white text on black background

I'd say that, 99 percent of the time at Nevada, I knew what the coverage was and where I was probably going before the ball was snapped. It makes it very easy when I only had to read one person and know that I was going from here to here, and if not, I'm checking it down.


Quote: I think I'm very good at reading coverage and knowing where I want to go with the ball before the ball is snapped. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I think I'm very good at reading coverage and knowing where I want to go with the ball before the ball is snapped.


Quote: I was not going to let people tell me what I'm capable of. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I was not going to let people tell me what I'm capable of.


Quote: To me, I've played full seasons and had success. Mentally, I've been through it before. I'm not incapable of going through this. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

To me, I've played full seasons and had success. Mentally, I've been through it before. I'm not incapable of going through this.


Quote: When I'm actually getting off the bus, I still have my gospel playing. That's the way-to-the-game kind of music. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

When I'm actually getting off the bus, I still have my gospel playing. That's the way-to-the-game kind of music.


Quote: Once I get into the locker room, I turn on stuff to get me hyped up. Mainly, it's a lot of rap music. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Once I get into the locker room, I turn on stuff to get me hyped up. Mainly, it's a lot of rap music.


Quote: Victor Cruz just got his deal with Givenchy -- amazing. I was so excited for him. That was amazing. So I think there are great opportunities for a lot of athletes out there. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Victor Cruz just got his deal with Givenchy -- amazing. I was so excited for him. That was amazing. So I think there are great opportunities for a lot of athletes out there.


Quote: I think being shy or a little bit more mild-mannered is more how you treat people and how you go about your business, not necessarily how you dress or things of that nature. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I think being shy or a little bit more mild-mannered is more how you treat people and how you go about your business, not necessarily how you dress or things of that nature.


Quote: I wouldn't say there is one specific designer I rock. It's more of the look of the shirt and what occasion and where I'm wearing it to. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I wouldn't say there is one specific designer I rock. It's more of the look of the shirt and what occasion and where I'm wearing it to.


Quote: As far as jeans and shirts, I rock a lot of different things. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

As far as jeans and shirts, I rock a lot of different things.


Quote: Whether football's here or not, I will be fine. I go out, I play to win. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Whether football's here or not, I will be fine. I go out, I play to win.


Quote: I don't play for job security. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I don't play for job security.


Quote: You have to be able to do everything as a quarterback, and that's not necessarily taking care of your job but making sure you're preparing everyone else to go out and play well. And make sure you have them in the right mindset when they step on the field. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

You have to be able to do everything as a quarterback, and that's not necessarily taking care of your job but making sure you're preparing everyone else to go out and play well. And make sure you have them in the right mindset when they step on the field.


Quote: I don't watch too much TV when it comes to sports or news or things like that. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I don't watch too much TV when it comes to sports or news or things like that.


Quote: I have a very high expectation for everything I do. And when I go out and compete, I expect myself to make every play. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I have a very high expectation for everything I do. And when I go out and compete, I expect myself to make every play.


Quote: I don't think I can be too hard on myself. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I don't think I can be too hard on myself.


Quote: I think the biggest part of my game that's underestimated is the mental part of it. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I think the biggest part of my game that's underestimated is the mental part of it.


Quote: All my life, I've had these flashbacks, these dreams, nightmares, daymares, like visions, where I relive certain plays. Only the bad plays. I see them over and over, as if somebody's rewinding a tape and forcing me to watch. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

All my life, I've had these flashbacks, these dreams, nightmares, daymares, like visions, where I relive certain plays. Only the bad plays. I see them over and over, as if somebody's rewinding a tape and forcing me to watch.


Quote: It is funny to me that because I can run, because I'm athletic, people tend to see that as my only asset. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

It is funny to me that because I can run, because I'm athletic, people tend to see that as my only asset.


Quote: Teammates tell me to bring it down a notch in practice or that their hands are hurting. Randy Moss told me I was the first person to ever dislocate one of his fingers. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Teammates tell me to bring it down a notch in practice or that their hands are hurting. Randy Moss told me I was the first person to ever dislocate one of his fingers.


Quote: You have to train hard and be strong while staying flexible and limber, so I'm trying to find that balance. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

You have to train hard and be strong while staying flexible and limber, so I'm trying to find that balance.


Quote: Quarterbacks can still have good bodies. I'm always conscious of the stereotype. I want to change what people think. There's a lot more to it than what you see on the field. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Quarterbacks can still have good bodies. I'm always conscious of the stereotype. I want to change what people think. There's a lot more to it than what you see on the field.


Quote: I'm not your typical quarterback. I don't like when people say, 'Quarterbacks aren't supposed to run,' or, 'Quarterbacks aren't supposed to work out a certain way.' by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I'm not your typical quarterback. I don't like when people say, 'Quarterbacks aren't supposed to run,' or, 'Quarterbacks aren't supposed to work out a certain way.'




Quote: All my tattoos, they've been thought out, thought over, been a work in progress for at least a year before I've got them. So I'm not walking into a tattoo shop, picking tattoos off a wall. It's something that means something to me. It's something that I believe in. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of Colin Kaepernick quote; white text on black background

All my tattoos, they've been thought out, thought over, been a work in progress for at least a year before I've got them. So I'm not walking into a tattoo shop, picking tattoos off a wall. It's something that means something to me. It's something that I believe in.


Quote: To me, tattoos are a way of people being able to express themselves and have other people look at them and get a little insight into who they are, without ever even saying a word to them. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

To me, tattoos are a way of people being able to express themselves and have other people look at them and get a little insight into who they are, without ever even saying a word to them.


Quote: My dad, being a businessman, constantly talked to me about carrying myself in a certain way and treating people with respect. And I think that's something that's carried over throughout my life. It's how I deal with certain situations. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

My dad, being a businessman, constantly talked to me about carrying myself in a certain way and treating people with respect. And I think that's something that's carried over throughout my life. It's how I deal with certain situations.


Quote: I haven't seen a quarterback play a perfect game yet. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I haven't seen a quarterback play a perfect game yet.


Quote: Every time I step on the field, I step on the field to make plays. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Every time I step on the field, I step on the field to make plays.


Quote: I'm not incapable of going through things. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I'm not incapable of going through things.


Quote: I don't believe in pressure. The pressure is not being prepared for what you want to do. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I don't believe in pressure. The pressure is not being prepared for what you want to do.


Quote: When you step on the field, you want to be a starter. You want to be the person everybody looks to and says, 'If we need a play to be made, let's go to him.' by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

When you step on the field, you want to be a starter. You want to be the person everybody looks to and says, 'If we need a play to be made, let's go to him.'


Quote: I felt the way people talked to me was like, 'It's OK to be No. 2 in the NFL, a backup,' and things like that. That's never been my approach. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I felt the way people talked to me was like, 'It's OK to be No. 2 in the NFL, a backup,' and things like that. That's never been my approach.


Quote: I don't look at film that closely about my mechanics of where's my elbow at. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I don't look at film that closely about my mechanics of where's my elbow at.


Quote: If I got a football scholarship, I was going to be a football player. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

If I got a football scholarship, I was going to be a football player.


Quote: I don't want people to think you have to look a certain way or be a certain mold to be able to be a quarterback. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I don't want people to think you have to look a certain way or be a certain mold to be able to be a quarterback.


Quote: Its a touchy subject, 'cause I never want to take it there, where it seems like it's all about race. But I feel like that's something that comes along with the territory of being a black quarterback. When you have success -- 'Oh, you're a freak athlete.' Not, 'Oh, you're a good quarterback.' by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of Colin Kaepernick quote: Its a touchy subject, 'cause I never want to take it there, where it seems like it's all about race. But I feel like that's something that comes along with the territory of being a black quarterback. When you have success -- 'Oh, you're a freak athlete.' Not, 'Oh, you're a good quarterback.'- black text on quotes background

Its a touchy subject, 'cause I never want to take it there, where it seems like it's all about race. But I feel like that's something that comes along with the territory of being a black quarterback. When you have success -- 'Oh, you're a freak athlete.' Not, 'Oh, you're a good quarterback.'


Quote: I'll never take the easy way out. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I'll never take the easy way out.


Quote: I refuse to take shortcuts. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I refuse to take shortcuts.


Quote: I'm still trying to improve. Everything I can do to improve every part of my game -- I'm going to do it. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I'm still trying to improve. Everything I can do to improve every part of my game -- I'm going to do it.


Quote: If you work hard and perform well, it doesn't matter whether you're 20 or 40. People are going to follow, and you can go in there and run the show. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

If you work hard and perform well, it doesn't matter whether you're 20 or 40. People are going to follow, and you can go in there and run the show.


Quote: The biggest thing is I watch myself: What I need to improve on, what I can do different. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

The biggest thing is I watch myself: What I need to improve on, what I can do different.


Quote: Once you're on the field, you're playing. You're not worried about anything other than doing your job to help your team. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Once you're on the field, you're playing. You're not worried about anything other than doing your job to help your team.


Quote: People can talk all they want; that doesn't affect how I go about my business. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

People can talk all they want; that doesn't affect how I go about my business.


Quote: Jim Tomsula is going to be great coach for us. Players' coach. Always around the guys. Someone that's willing to listen to what the players say and has their intake. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Jim Tomsula is going to be great coach for us. Players' coach. Always around the guys. Someone that's willing to listen to what the players say and has their intake.


Quote: We have a presidential candidate who's deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn't make sense to me, because if that was any other person, you'd be in prison. So what is this country really standing for? by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

We have a presidential candidate who's deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn't make sense to me, because if that was any other person, you'd be in prison. So what is this country really standing for?


Quote: People are dying in vain because this country isn't holding their end of the bargain up as far as, you know, giving freedom and justice and liberty to everybody. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

People are dying in vain because this country isn't holding their end of the bargain up as far as, you know, giving freedom and justice and liberty to everybody.




Quote: The support I've gotten from my teammates has been great. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

The support I've gotten from my teammates has been great.




Quote: I'm going to speak the truth when I'm asked about it. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I'm going to speak the truth when I'm asked about it.


Quote: A lot of them have families to feed, and I think it's a tragic situation where players aren't comfortable speaking what's on their mind or what's right because they're afraid of consequences that come along with it. That's not an ideal environment for anybody. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

A lot of them have families to feed, and I think it's a tragic situation where players aren't comfortable speaking what's on their mind or what's right because they're afraid of consequences that come along with it. That's not an ideal environment for anybody.


Quote: I have great respect for the religion. I know a lot of people that are Muslim and are phenomenal people. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I have great respect for the religion. I know a lot of people that are Muslim and are phenomenal people.


Quote: Most people don't want to change. They're comfortable and set in their ways. But in order to change, you have to be able to agitate people at times. And I think that's something that's very necessary for us to improve as a country. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Most people don't want to change. They're comfortable and set in their ways. But in order to change, you have to be able to agitate people at times. And I think that's something that's very necessary for us to improve as a country.


Quote: Mental health, for me, is doing everything I can to help this team win. Sitting around not doing anything isn't something I've been too big on since I was young. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Mental health, for me, is doing everything I can to help this team win. Sitting around not doing anything isn't something I've been too big on since I was young.


Quote: You have to take care of the ball to win football games. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

You have to take care of the ball to win football games.


Quote: In the heat of the battle, it's always different than when you go back and look at it on film. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

In the heat of the battle, it's always different than when you go back and look at it on film.


Quote: I'm going out to play, and to play to win. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I'm going out to play, and to play to win.


Quote: I'll always be a fan of coach Harbaugh. Not too sure about Michigan. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I'll always be a fan of coach Harbaugh. Not too sure about Michigan.


Quote: Whatever the offense dictates to allow me doing what I or this offense needs to do to win games, I'm going to do it. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

Whatever the offense dictates to allow me doing what I or this offense needs to do to win games, I'm going to do it.


Quote: The SFPD has had a lot of issues, and I think one of the issues that needs to be addressed is the racist text messages that have been passed back and forth between PD members, not only talking about the community, but also talking about colleagues that work in the same department as them. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of Colin Kaepernick quote: The SFPD has had a lot of issues, and I think one of the issues that needs to be addressed is the racist text messages that have been passed back and forth between PD members, not only talking about the community, but also talking about colleagues that work in the same department as them.- black text on quotes background

The SFPD has had a lot of issues, and I think one of the issues that needs to be addressed is the racist text messages that have been passed back and forth between PD members, not only talking about the community, but also talking about colleagues that work in the same department as them.




Quote: I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone.


Quote: I do want to be a representative of the African community, and I want to hold myself and dress myself in a way that reflects that. I want black kids to see me and think, 'Okay, he's carrying himself as a black man, and that's how a black man should carry himself.' by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I do want to be a representative of the African community, and I want to hold myself and dress myself in a way that reflects that. I want black kids to see me and think, 'Okay, he's carrying himself as a black man, and that's how a black man should carry himself.'


Quote: I never felt that I was supposed to be white. Or black, either. My parents just wanted to let me be who I needed to be. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I never felt that I was supposed to be white. Or black, either. My parents just wanted to let me be who I needed to be.


Quote: I think that's something that's hard for this country to address, is what the real issues are and coming to the point where we can admit that these are issues. Once we admit that, we can deal with it, we can fix them, and we can make this country and these communities a better place. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of Colin Kaepernick quote: I think that's something that's hard for this country to address, is what the real issues are and coming to the point where we can admit that these are issues. Once we admit that, we can deal with it, we can fix them, and we can make this country and these communities a better place.- black text on quotes background

I think that's something that's hard for this country to address, is what the real issues are and coming to the point where we can admit that these are issues. Once we admit that, we can deal with it, we can fix them, and we can make this country and these communities a better place.


Quote: There's a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

There's a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality.




Quote: To me, when people say, 'Oh, you're a freak athlete,' it's bittersweet. It's a huge compliment to say, 'O.K., you have physical abilities that are kind of above and beyond.' But at the same time, I feel like it diminishes the mental side of the game. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

To me, when people say, 'Oh, you're a freak athlete,' it's bittersweet. It's a huge compliment to say, 'O.K., you have physical abilities that are kind of above and beyond.' But at the same time, I feel like it diminishes the mental side of the game.


Quote: I'm here to play football. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I'm here to play football.


Quote: People don't realize what's really going on in this country. There are a lot things that are going on that are unjust. People aren't being held accountable for. And that's something that needs to change. That's something that this country stands for: freedom, liberty and justice for all. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of Colin Kaepernick quote: People don't realize what's really going on in this country. There are a lot things that are going on that are unjust. People aren't being held accountable for. And that's something that needs to change. That's something that this country stands for: freedom, liberty and justice for all.- black text on quotes background

People don't realize what's really going on in this country. There are a lot things that are going on that are unjust. People aren't being held accountable for. And that's something that needs to change. That's something that this country stands for: freedom, liberty and justice for all.


Quote: If you're going to do something, you're going to do it to be the best. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

If you're going to do something, you're going to do it to be the best.




Quote: You have full-field view when you're watching the film. Eye in the sky, it's a lot easier to look at it that way than when you're back behind center. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

You have full-field view when you're watching the film. Eye in the sky, it's a lot easier to look at it that way than when you're back behind center.




Quote: I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. by author Colin Kaepernick overlaid on photo of photo of author Colin Kaepernick with quote

I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed.


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