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Colin Kaepernick in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

William J. Hauser

In a year that has defied logic at every turn, this one should come as no surprise. Colin Kaepernick may find himself on the 2022 ballot for consideration to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Yes, that is correct; the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started the kneeling protest and has been a lightning rod for racial divineness worldwide now has his name in the hat for a bust in Canton, Ohio.


Before anyone jumps to conclusions, let us explain – anyone can send in a nomination to the HOF. A fan, friend, foe… the cable guy even. It means nothing as far as actually being on the ballot, but let’s break it down before totally dismissing it.


A Vermont resident named Bob Birkett wrote the HOF in June – obviously after suffering from white guilt – to have Kaepernick inducted as a Contributor, not a player, for his protest and subsequent stance perpetuating a false narrative involving police and minorities. Part of Birkett’s letter included:



“It is my pleasure, privilege, and responsibility as a supporter of racial equality to nominate Mr. Colin Kaepernick. Mr Kaepernick has shown exceptional courage in highlighting the damaging effects of racial injustice on Black people and on our society as a whole. His respectful kneeling posture has created a powerful symbol for those who are oppressed by our society.”




What exactly does the Contributor category entail? According to the HOF, it is for those who have made “outstanding career contributions to pro football in capacities other than playing or coaching.”


Kaepernick has made a mockery out of everyone and the league since he voluntarily opted out of his multi-million dollar contract with the 49ers in March of 2017. Many of the uninformed still argue to this day that he was released, but that is not the case. After getting a few nibbles but nothing solid enough to even warrant a team workout, Kaepernick filed a collusion grievance against the NFL, stating that the team owners were blackballing him due to his political stances. It took quite some time, but the two parties settled out of court and we will be objective enough to say that Kaepernick had a good case; he is surely talented enough to get a job in the NFL. But that just proves even more that the sideshow he brings to the table is not worth the trouble.



There have been other attempts to placate the half-black martyr, such as the NFL setting up an open tryout for him and invitingly 32 means to attend. So what did Kaepernick do? He pulled the plug a half hour before the tryout was scheduled to begin and ended up at a high school field close by that only seven teams bothered to send personnel to.


NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made a public plea a few months ago for all teams to take a look at Kaepernick and that he encouraged one of them to sign him. But with the regular season only a few days away from beginning, no one has picked up the phone.


So if he does not play again, Kaepernick would be legible for the HOF in two years.


So the Bob Birkett’s of the world are trying to show their wokeness by clamoring for someone who spoken out against the United States, wore police pig socks in practice, sported T-shirts with communist tyrants such as Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, as well as Huey P. Newton, founder of the domestic terrorist organization Black Panther Party, who became infamous in the 1970s for executing police officers.




But a patriot such as Pat Tillman is not even considered. A man who walked away from a successful and prosperous NFL career to join the military after 9-11, only to be tragically killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan.


Well, if water carriers like Birkett can send in a name, so can we. And it will be Pat Tillman.


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