Colin Kaepernick played in a football game Sunday.
No, he didn't sign with an NFL team -- or an AAF squad, either. Kaepernick suited up in rapper Quavo's "Huncho Day" celebrity game in Atlanta.
The former 49ers quarterback got in a few snaps
under center in the shotgun, throwing a touchdown pass to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley in the back of the end zone.
Colin Kaepernick to Saquon Barkley for 6 pic.twitter.com/qMCbwTgfuk— Evan Sowards (@EvanSowards) March 31, 2019
Kaepernick also connected with Quavo for a two-point conversion. The rapper had to stretch for an acrobatic catch.
Kaepernick played alongside and against plenty of NFL players, including Barkley and New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara. Kaepernick has not suited up in an NFL game since Jan. 1, 2017, the final game of the 2016 season.
That season, Kaepernick protested social injustice and racial inequality by kneeling during the pregame playing of the national anthem. He opted out of his 49ers contract the ensuing offseason, after San Francisco's new front office told him it would cut him if he didn't.
Kaepernick has not been signed since, and he settled a collusion grievance with the NFL in February. He and former 49ers teammate Eric Reid, who also filed a grievance, reportedly will receive fewer than $10 million in that settlement.
On a related note, a picture of Kaepernick's pass to Quavo from Sunday ended up on the NFL's official Instagram story. Guess who didn't make it in the photo.
The NFL had this play from #HunchoDay on their Instagram story.— Marcus White (@marcuspwhite) April 1, 2019
I'm sure it's just a coincidence they used an angle that didn't have Kaepernick in it. https://t.co/GULbYjT45f pic.twitter.com/vT8O7kyLPj
Maybe he just wasn't a fit for the Instagram account's offensive system.