New England’s superstar quarterback, Tom Brady, told reporters in an interview that he hopes former San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kapernick gets another shot at playing for an NFL team.
Brady, the future hall of fame quarterback, can now be added to the long list of NFL athletes that think Kapernick should be on the roster of an NFL team, despite all the controversy that has surrounded the former 49er during the remainder of his contract. Brady weighed in on the blackballing of Kapernick in an exclusive interview with “CBS Sunday Morning.”
“I’ve always watched him and admired him, the way that he’s played he was a great young quarterback,” Brady stated to Norah O’Donnell. “He came to our stadium and beat us and took his team to the Super Bowl. He accomplished a lot in the pros as a player. And he’s certainly qualified and I hope he gets a shot.”
Several weeks ago Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers made similar comments to Brady’s, in reference to the situation Kapernick has found himself in.
“I think he should be on a roster right now. I think because of his protests, he’s not,” Rodgers told ESPN Magazine’s Mina Kimes.
Kapernick spent his entire career, a total of six seasons, as a 49er, but his future with the team became uncertain when he chose to “take a knee” during the playing of the national anthem before the start of the game, sending a powerful statement that sparked a whirlwind of controversy.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said in 2016. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
While most players have concluded that Colin Kapernick is being overlooked because of his protest, others such as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell think his lack of a job has more to do with his performance.
“I want to see everyone get an opportunity, including Colin, but those decisions are made by football people,” Goodell said during an appearance on FS1 last week. “When teams have a need and teams feel like they can get better by a particular individual, whether they know the system, or whether they have more talent, or whatever it may be, that’s what they do. And I’m still convinced that he’ll get that opportunity when the right opportunity comes along. That’s what our league’s all about.”
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