As the NFL Paints Kaepernick as a Distraction, TIME Honors Him as One of Top 100 Influential People in The World

History will look kindly on Colin Kaepernick and it won’t have anything to do with football.

In a world where standing up for your race and helping millions of people is called a distraction and circus by a professional sports league, the reality is that Kaepernick has done far more good that many of those who criticize him.

Maybe more importantly than the time he has spent putting his money where his mouth is, he has likely sparked the mind or saved the lives of many young minorities kids who just need a little hope to unlock their tremendous potential.

In 10-20 years when some great man or woman explains how Kaepernick’s stance made them want to do better and make change, that is when you will know that his kneeling and essentially putting his career in jeopardy had a much greater effect than throwing a TD pass.

Kaepernick’s old 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh penned this piece for TIME magazine about Kaepernick for their top 100 influential people in the world list. Here is what he said.

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation’s history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.

I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.

How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.

23 thoughts on “As the NFL Paints Kaepernick as a Distraction, TIME Honors Him as One of Top 100 Influential People in The World

  • Child please! Has society become that gullible? Get the &%#! outta here!

    • Stats were better than guys with jobs…That bad QB took a team to a conference title and super bowl and last I heard that’s the end goal…Not many QBs in the league have his experience or accomplishments and that is a fact

    • Doesnt change the fact that you’re a hater and an idiot

    • His dumb coaches try to make him a pocket passer…which he is not.

    • He’s a good quarterback…the last year that he played he was playing with injuries but gutted that season out.

    • He had 16-4 td / int ratio with not even a decent supporting cast…. I’m talking last year…And he is still better than more than half the starters in the league…

    • Why don’t you look at who was blocking and catching for him in 2013 and compare that to 2016…we won’t talk about coaching

    • So somebody that thinks Kaep isn’t a good NFL QB is a hater now? Lol In 6 NFL seasons he’s thrown more than 20 TD’s once. 21 is the all time best number of Kaep’s career… Tom Brady does that in a half a season. 17 QB’s did that last year alone. He also has a career completion % of under 60%. Very bad.

      His career high for yards in a season is 3,300. 24 QB’s last year alone beat that number. 24! That’s your boy’s CAREER BEST number. And that’s including bums like Trevor Siemian, Blake Bortles and Sam Bradford. To say Kaep is good because he made a Super Bowl 4 years ago is like saying that Trent Dilfer was good because he won with the 2000 Ravens, or that 2015 Peyton Manning (the worst QB in the league that year) was good because Denver won the SB. And Kaep didn’t even win. Lol He lost. Maybe you guys are just 49er fans or something but your boy is trash. Face it.

  • Never thought I’d actually respect a forty whiner especially him. His willingness to stand up for what he believes in the face of absurd, blatantly racist opposition has accomplished that very thing.

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