It’s been four years since Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality and police brutality when he was quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers.
Now, Kaepernick, who remains unsigned by all 32 NFL teams, will return to gridiron virtually.
Kaepernick will make his virtual comeback in Madden 21, where he is listed as the top free agent quarterback with an 81-overall rating. This places Kaepernick among the NFL’s top-15 quarterbacks, tying him with Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger.
His rating also surpasses Oregon favorites like Los Angeles Chargers backup Justin Herbert (70 overall) and Marcus Mariota (68 overall) of the Las Vegas Raiders.
In a statement via the official Madden Twitter, EA calls Kaepernick “one of the top free agents in football and a starting-caliber quarterback.” The team at EA Sports says millions of Madden NFL fans want to see Kaepernick back in the game.
The statement continued, “Knowing that our EA SPORTS experiences are platforms for players to create, we want to make Madden NFL a place that reflects Colin’s position and talent, rates him as a starting QB, and empowers our fans to express their hopes for the future of football. We’ve worked with Colin to make this possible, and we’re excited to bring it to all of you today.”
When Kaepernick’s scores on Madden 21, he celebrates with a statement move.
Kaepernick hasn’t been signed by any NFL team since he began kneeling in 2016. The Seahawks have been mentioned on multiple occasions as possible suitors for the 32-year-old free agent.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he regretted not signing Kaepernick in the spring of 2017 when the ex-49er came in for a visit. Carroll's reasoning for not signing him at the time was that the Seahawks felt he was a starter and they already had one in Russell Wilson.
“Colin’s been a fantastic football player and he’s going to continue to be,” Carroll said. “At this time, we didn’t do anything with it. We know where he is, who he is, and we had a chance to understand him much more so. He’s a starter in this league and I can’t imagine somebody won’t give him a chance to play.”
Carroll said he was certain Kaepernick would be playing elsewhere that season. Four years later, he is waiting to have his name added to an NFL lineup.
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