Kaepernick returns to the field – virtually – with a higher rating than half the actual starting QBs in the NFL Nine Line News Team September 9, 2020 Nine Line News While he hasn’t been picked up by an actual NFL team since 2016, activist and erstwhile football player, Colin Kaepernick, will be included in EA’s latest release of the “Madden” NFL video game as a free agent. In the game, Kaepernick was given an overall rating of 81, which puts him 15th among all quarterbacks in the game, and ahead of New England Patriots Cam Newton (79) and Tennessee Titans Ryan Tannehill (80). Hmm. So does this mean maybe the NFL is considering finding a spot in an actual team (assuming there’s an actual football season)? Survey says…no. Pro Football talk reports, “In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, a sense emerged that Colin Kaepernick was right all along, and that the process of moving forward would necessarily entail putting Kaepernick back in the NFL. The momentum was palpable, at least for a little while.” Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there was some “fake” interest expressed immediately after Floyd’s death, seemingly out of guilt. There has been zero interest expressed in Kaepernick “in months.” Kaepernick reportedly worked closely with the game’s creators to design his updated avatar sporting an afro – rather cornrow braids. He has a signature intro for the game. And his own special touchdown celebration, where he raises a fist in a “black power” salute. When you score a touchdown with Colin Kaepernick in #Madden21 and choose "signature" celebration, Kap holds up the Black Power fist. pic.twitter.com/rclVIFjXze — Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) September 8, 2020 While not a single NFL team has offered Kap a slot, even President Trump thinks he deserves another chance. “If he deserves it, he should. If he has the playing ability,” Trump said at the in June. “He started off great and then he didn’t end up very great in terms of as a player. He was terrific in his rookie year, I think he was very good in his second year, and then something happened. So his playing wasn’t up to snuff.” Pro Football Talk surmises Kaepernick doesn’t want $12,000 per week to stay in shape and be ready to play in the event of a rash of COVID-19 cases in the quarterback room. For more than three years, teams have hidden behind “he wouldn’t want anything other than a starting job” to excuse not offering him anything other than a starting job. Hmm. The National Football League is a bidness, and the team owners want to make money. EA has figured out it can sell a few more video games with Kaepernick’s image in them. You sort of have to wonder why not a single NFL team thinks Kaepernick would be good for their ticket sales. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.