Kaepernick Announces Memoir To Share His Battle With NFL
One Of The Most Polarizing Players In NFL History
Throughout NFL history, there haven’t been many players as polarizing as Colin Kaepernick. Later this year, Kaepernick will share his story in the form of a memoir to be released through his publishing company, Kaepernick Publishing.
Audible will also publish an audio version of the memoir, which will provide an inside look into the experiences that led to Kaepernick’s protest and his battle against the National Football League.
In a statement Thursday, Kaepernick said, “I want to tell the story of my evolution, and the events that led me to protest systemic oppression, in hopes that it will inspire others to rise in action.”
With Kaepernick’s NFL future still shrouded in uncertainty, this memoir is likely to have an impact on the potential for a franchise to sign the former 49er. Kaepernick has not been with an NFL team since San Francisco released him in 2017.
Still Eager To Play Football
Earlier this week, Kaepernick stated that he’s still eager to play professional football.
“My desire to play football is still there,” Kaepernick said. “I still train five days a week. I’m ready to go, I’m ready for a phone call, tryout, workout at any point in time.
“I’m still waiting on the owners and their partners to stop running from this situation. So I hope I get a call this offseason. I’ll be looking forward to it.”
There is no specific release date for Kaepernick’s memoir at this time.
The Kaepernick Timeline
With the 36th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the 49ers selected Kaepernick. From there, Kaepernick would achieve a significant amount of on-field success, including a Super Bowl appearance in the 2012-13 season.
Kaepernick regressed as a quarterback over the next few years and was released by the 49ers in March of 2017.
The controversy that turned Kaepernick into a national storyline began the year prior when the QB sat during the national anthem for a preseason game.
“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 when asked about the incident.
Later that season, Kaepernick began kneeling rather than sitting during the national anthem and is joined by teammate Eric Reid. In September of 2016, Kaepernick donates $1 million to charitable organizations.
As Protest Continues, No Teams Show Interest
After the 49ers suffered through a 2-14 season, Kaepernick chooses to opt out of his contract in March of 2017. As Kaepernick’s protest continues, he’s not signed by an NFL team.
After filing a 2017 grievance against the NFL in which he alleges collusion against signing him to a deal, the grievance is settled in February of 2019.
The 32-year-old then went through a high-profile workout for seven NFL teams in November of 2019. Controversy surrounded the event, with Kaepernick and the NFL accusing the other of impropriety.
The announcement that Kaepernick will detail his story of protest in the NFL through a memoir is the latest chapter in the saga. Kaepernick Publishing was established in March of 2019. The memoir will be released sometime this year.