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Netflix to produce Colin Kaepernick series, focusing on his teen years

Netflix to produce Colin Kaepernick series, focusing on his teen years

Colin Kaepernick is coming to Netflix.

The streaming service announced Monday the former 49ers quarterback will be the subject of a six-part series produced by star director Ava DuVernay. The series, "Colin in Black and White," will focus on his teenage life and high school experience in Turlock, Calif. as a Black child adopted by a white family. 

Kaepernick will narrate the series, and an actor will play the younger version of himself. He expressed his excitement for the project on Twitter. 

"Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens,” Kaepernick said in a statement, via The Hollywood Reporter. “We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community, during my high school years.

"It’s an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”

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Kaepernick was a standout student and three-sport athlete at John H. Pitman High School in Turlock. He actually starred more as a pitcher, but decided to play college football at Nevada. The 49ers then selected Kaepernick in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft after he threw for more than 3,000 yards and ran for over 1,200 yards as a senior.

The dual-threat QB led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in his second season. However, he has become an even bigger symbol off the field. Kaepernick became the first athlete to protest racial and social injustices during the national anthem by first sitting, then kneeling, prior to a 2016 preseason game. 

Kaepernick, now 32 years old, has not played a game since the 2016 season, when he had 2,241 passing yards, 16 touchdowns -- 20 total -- and only four interceptions over 11 starts. He opted out of his contract in March 2017 when the 49ers told him they planned to release him. 

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"With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture and for him, personally," DuVernay said in a release. "Colin's story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience."

There is no set release date for the series.

Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson show interest in signing Antonio Brown

Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson show interest in signing Antonio Brown

Around and around we go.

Almost any other wide receiver who burned as many bridges as Antonio Brown has over the last two years would never draw interest from another NFL team ever again. But due to his tantalizing talent and prolific production, he continues to get the benefit of the doubt.

He doesn't deserve it, but it's understandable. Forget receivers, when Brown is on the field, there are few offensive players more frightening for defensive coordinators. Of course, he also has proven himself to be a nightmare for his own coaches. Thus is the risk/reward factor he presents.

Despite his risk far outweighing the reward as of late, interest in Brown doesn't appear to be waning. 

Back in May, it was reported that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson "would love" to add Brown to his receiving corps. A little more than a month later, the two were connecting on routes on a practice field.

Yes, that is a Raiders helmet that Brown is wearing. How'd his time in Oakland go, again? But I digress...

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Wilson doesn't appear to be the only star quarterback interested in adding Brown to his roster. After former NFL receiver Chad Johnson took to Twitter to express his preference for Brown to join the Texans, Houston QB Deshaun Watson didn't exactly pour cold water on the idea.

The Texans were on the wrong end of one of the more one-sided trades in recent memory this offseason when they questionably sent standout receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. Houston did acquire Brandin Cooks from the Los Angeles Rams, but perhaps Watson believes his receiving corps is missing an ingredient.

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If Brown is signed -- which is a big if -- it's unlikely he would be able to play much at all this coming season, regardless of which team signed him. A trio of Personal Conduct Policy investigations must be concluded before he can sign with a team, and even if all that is settled, it is widely expected that he would be facing a lengthy suspension upon rejoining the league.

Do you trust Brown to behave through that entire process? At this point, it's difficult to understand why anyone would. But clearly, some players still feel the risk is worth the reward.

Why Warren Moon believes 49ers are favorites in competitive NFC West

Why Warren Moon believes 49ers are favorites in competitive NFC West

The 49ers ran through the NFC playoffs, held a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIV and arguably have improved this offseason. So, they've got to be the favorites in their own division, right?

It wouldn't exactly be going out on a limb to take that stance, as San Francisco currently is the betting favorite to emerge not just from the NFC West, but the conference as a whole. There's a reason for that, and Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon doesn't disagree.

"You'd have to go with San Francisco right now," Moon said Thursday on 95.7 The Game's "Joe, Lo and Dibs" show when asked which team is the favorite in the NFC West. "I mean, they're the defending NFC champs. They bring back pretty much everybody from that football team. 

"They've lost a couple of receivers, but I still think they have a lot of good talent on their team. Their strength is going to be in their running game. I think their offensive line just got strengthened by signing (Trent Williams). So, they're going to be the team to beat, but this is going to be one of the more competitive divisions in the NFL.

"You've got Seattle, who's going to be right there. ... And then you always have the Rams, who you just don't know how good they're going to be. And then Arizona is going to be much more improved. So this is going to be a very, very competitive division, as it usually is."

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The 49ers might be the deserved favorites in the division, but Moon is correct. The NFC West was tough enough last year, when San Francisco split the season series with the Seahawks and went down to the wire in both meetings with the Cardinals. As good as the 49ers are, claiming a second straight division title will be no easy task.

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