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The former Browns quarterback is now the No. 1 in San Francisco

Source: www.cbssports.com

When rookie second-round pick DeShone Kizer takes the field for the Browns on Sunday against the Steelers, he will be the team’s 27th different starting quarterback since 1999, when the team returned to the NFL. And out of those previous 26 starters, only one has a winning record as the Browns’ quarterback: Brian Hoyer went 10-6 during his two years in Cleveland. Naturally, the team chose not to re-sign him after the 2014 season and instead anointed Johnny Manziel as the franchise’s future.

The Browns released Manziel after the 2015 season and he’s been out of football ever since.

Colin Kaepernick – role model

Colin Kaepernick is a role model?


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I can feel the quantum waves from the collective eye roll rippling through the dark matter of the universe.

Relax, I’m not going to try and convince you of this.  Nope.  As Anthony Kiedis so brilliantly put it in the  film Point Break:

“That would be a waste of time…”

Instead I’m going to introduce you to who Colin Kaepernick is as a man. At least as much as I could glean in 10 minutes reading his Wikipedia.

Now before I dive in, allow me to say this, I do not know Colin Kaepernick and I am not a 49’ers fan, although I do recognize the greatness of the Montana-Clark-Rice era.

That being said… I have zero stakes in the game. I actually didn’t pay any attention to this story when or since it broke. I didn’t even want to write this article, but a friend wanted my perspective, so I figured, you know, why the fuck not? I can be objective, especially since deep down, I could give a shit, let alone whose kneeling or standing and when.


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Let’s first look at what’s given about his childhood… according to Wikipedia, (take it with a grain of “fuck you.”)
Colin was born to Heidi (Zabranksy) Russo, a 19 year-old white girl who was single and destitute at the time, his birth father was an African American man who left the family before he was born.

Let that sink in for moment.

Shortly after Colin’s birth his mother puts him up for adoption. He’s adopted by Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, a white couple who already had two children of their own—son Kyle and daughter Devon—and were looking for a boy after having lost two other sons to heart defects. Colin became the youngest of their three children. He began playing football at 8 years old as a defensive end and punter. He became quarterback at age nine, and he completed his first competitive pass for a long touchdown. In school Colin thrived as well, a perfect 4.0 student that was nominated all state in baseball, basketball and football. Yes, he not only played all three sports but excelled in them. By his senior year he was throwing a 92 mph fastball and was being courted with scholarships from several big schools across the nation. However, Colin loved to play football, and although no scholarships were being offered, he was determined to follow his passion.

Another point you should let sink in.


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After his brother put together a highlight reel of his high school performances, Colin was given a scholarship to Nevada State where he would go on to be the first player in NCAA history to have over 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing for three consecutive seasons. In, total he passed for over 10,000 yards and rushed for over 4,000 yards in a collegiate career.

On April 29, 2011,the San Francisco 49ers traded up with the Denver from the thirteenth pick in the second round (#45 overall) to select Kaepernick as the fourth pick in the second round (#36 overall).

After a lackluster season, most of it spent as a back up to Alex Smith, Kaepernick came back in 2012 and took the starting job in week 10 after Smith suffered a concussion. Kaepernick took the 49ers to the playoffs and logged his first post season win 45–31 against Green Bay and set an NFL single-game record for most rushing yards by a quarterback with 181, breaking Michael Vick’s record of 173 in a 2002 regular season game.


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In the NFC Championship game, the 49ers defeated the Atlanta 28–24 with Kaepernick completing 16 out of 21 passes for 233 yards and one touchdown. The team advanced to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans against the Baltimore Ravens. Kaepernick threw for a touchdown and ran for another, but the 49ers fell behind early and could not come back, losing 31–34.

By pointing out his upbringing and accomplishments, I’m not asking you to forgive his transgression of kneeling during the national anthem, but instead drawing your attention to what’s important: Colin Kaepernick’s character as a man.

Colin Kaepernick is a hard worker, highly intelligent and self-motivated, even when things are not in his favor. Kaepernick could have easily turned to a life of crime, and who would have blamed him after his biological parents turned their backs on him.


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He could have taken the easy route and relied on his arm in baseball, which offered scholarships at top schools that would have surely led to a multi-million dollar deal after a good season or two in college.

Instead, he chose his passion.

His first season and a half with the 49ers he did what was asked of him, often times coming in as a wildcat option. He was for all intents and purposes a team player.

When his moment came to step into the spotlight, he shined, and took advantage of the opportunity.

Once he rose to the top, and gained notoriety and a voice people would listen to… he turned his focus to social issue that directly effects him: the unfair treatment of blacks by law enforcement in America. Mind you, he had every reason to not do this, after his father, an African American man, walked out on him before he was even born. But Colin turned the other cheek and made his stand.


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Again I’m not arguing whether what he did was right, or wrong, I don’t give a shit. Even the greatest of men, occasional take the wrong stand.

What I am pointing out is that Colin Kaepernick embodies many of the qualities we ourselves instill in our own children: to work hard and never quit. To make the most of an opportunity when given it, to follow your passion, and to stand up for the oppressed and less fortunate, AND most importantly to do it non-violently. I cannot count how many times I see the talking heads chastising protestors for looting or becoming violent. And yet the amount of hate and vitriol aimed at Kaepernick for the simple act of refusing to stand for a song that represents a country run by a bunch of money grubbing criminals is astounding to me. He NEVER said shit about the troops.

The national anthem symbolizes this country, a country with a dark and checkered past when it comes to treatment of minorities.

I’m not asking you to agree with what Colin Kaepernick believes or what he did. What I am doing is asking you to do is to look at the man’s character, character that is exemplary of a role model.


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Again, you don’t have to like him, but just maybe if you can appreciate someone with good character standing up for something he feels passionate about, maybe you’ll be able to let go of the hate and criticism for a man that’s more than likely worked harder and overcome more than you ever will in your lifetime.

One final note, the very nature of protest more times than not is when an individual or group of individuals stand up to the status quo.

-The Notorious LL


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This is a guest post from The Notorious LL

(Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the position of “The4519.com”. )


UPDATE:  Colin Kaepernick did not vote in the recent election.  Does this matter to you?

NFL National Anthem Protests Sink TV Ratings To Five-Year Low

The league is in denial about a significant reason for the decline in its TV ratings.

Source: www.forbes.com

Gee……you don’t say!

 

The NFL’s TV ratings plunge has been consistent throughout the 2016 season. Even though a Rassmusen survey revealed that 32% of respondents were less likely to watch the NFL due to the players protesting the national anthem, the NFL brass is in denial.

 

Everyone who studies statistics and digital analytics knows the NFL ratings are down because of the protest from players. The NFL better get a grip on this now.  People want to watch the game and not political messages or protests.

Are NFL TV ratings in trouble?

What is the impact of Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem kneel?

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I have been trying to avoid the whole Colin Kaepernick issue but I had to write a little something now that he has been named the starter again.  He can protest all he wants, I don’t have to agree with him but lately I have been reading about the declining TV ratings for NFL football games.  I get the feeling the NFL is not going to panic anytime soon.  Colin Kaepernick would like to think that his pregame protests are having an effect on viewership but that remains to be seen.  Is he the modern day Rosa Parks or Ghandi or whoever?  Perhaps.  I personally don’t care what he does.  Putting aside the racial component of this,  I get bored by the involvement of politics/protests in entertainment.  Much like I hate when an actor espouses their views on politics, I equally can’t stand when a professional athlete has to take the attention away from a game.  If they want to tweet or Facebook their opinion outside the game, fine.  Let them deal with the feedback there.

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I would love to see demonstrations during professional sports or Hollywood award ceremonies set aside for the audiences sake.   Most of us pay for entertainment because we want to escape (and yes we pay if it involves cable/satellite, going to a game or a purchasing a movie ticket or Redbox),  even if for a few hours.  We work 40-60 hours a week and just want to socialize or enjoy the moment without stress.  Actors and athletes get paid to entertain.  Plain and simple.  The money they earn comes from the people who pay to watch.  A Supreme Court Justice is calling Kaepernick’s protests “dumb and disrespectful”.   I agree but my point is the distraction of the protest.  I am tired of the distractions.  We get enough clutter in our daily lives from the 24 hour news cycle, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, group text messages, you name it.

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You get the point.  I just want to watch a movie or a God damn football game in peace.  Leave your message to another venue.  Pay for your own stadium or theater and invite people to that event.  If they show up then you know your voice is being heard your way and not irritating others that want an escape.  I am not trying to take away from his message.  Whatever he thinks is wrong with this country is on him.

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I am old enough to remember the late 70’s and the beauty of the 80’s.  Life was simpler then.  I was excited when MTV came out and it let me escape with mindless hours of music videos.  No messages, just entertainment.  No internet, no twitter, fewer cable channels, no cell phones.  Back then NFL games or movies were majestic.  Big events, great escapes.  Terrorism was distant, the world was safe to travel, there were no selfies or Kardashians!  I love America.  I loved it then and I love it now.  There is only a handful of times I experienced discrimination and it happened during my college years (all the intellectuals there!).   I am Mexican and have a some insight into the racial side of life. I studied sociology and criminal justice in college, played professional football and had plenty of friends of every race, color or creed.

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The irony about all this has now come full circle.  A lot of people have said Kaepernick isn’t starting because of his protests, or because he is black.  Some have said Chip Kelly cut previous black stars like DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy (see the idiot known as Skip Bayless) because of his racial views.  Colin Kaepernick is going to start again for the San Francisco 49ers so I think that puts that issue to rest.   I think it’s safe to say that the ratings for his upcoming game will probably get a big boost.  Your welcome NFL, I don’t think your ratings will be in trouble this week.