By: Jasmine Cochran
The days keep passing, which is something we’re not sure Colin Kaepernick will be doing much of this fall. After opting out of his contract for the 2017-2018 football season, fans everywhere are paying attention to see whether any franchise will pick up the free agent for their roster. It’s been said recently that many coaches in the NFL “genuinely hate him,” because of his controversial protest last season, making his chances to play next year look pretty slim.
In case you missed it, in 2016, Kaepernick decided to silently kneel instead of stand for the “National Anthem.” He explained the motivation behind his silent protest when he stated, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. 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.”
There are two schools of thought as to why the activist is now a free agent. Some say Kaepernick is a mediocre football player who was on his way out, anyway. They think his silent kneeling protest that expressed his disapproval of the treatment of black Americans was merely a publicity stunt. The other side believes that Kaepernick was exercising his right to protest, and as a result of standing up for black people, he is now being punished.
Either way, it’s a real possibility that Kap’s NFL days are done, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the last we hear from him. Here are three viable options for him to pursue in case he’ll no longer be playing football on Sundays:
1. Activist & Speaker
Giving back to the community isn’t just a tax write off for Colin. Despite critics who claim that he was all show and no action, the quarterback has kept good on his philanthropic pledge. He vowed, “I will donate one million dollars plus all the proceeds of my jersey sales from the 2016 season to organizations working in oppressed communities, 100k a month for 10 months.”
And he has.
If you want to watch him make good on his promises, visit his website kaepernick7.com. Watching these organizations receive their donations to further their causes and communities is heart-warming.
Additionally, Kap has shown that he’s pretty decent behind a microphone. Celebrity public speakers can easily rake in five or more figures for one hour of speaking, providing a nice salary. But more than the money, who would be a better voice to express the importance of not wavering on your beliefs, even if it costs you everything?
2. Business Owner
Kaepernick majored in business management at The University of Nevada. Like countless other footballers, he could focus his efforts towards any business he’d like. In the wake of a major push for the black community to support black-owned businesses, we could almost guarantee success for this young man who decided to take a stand on a national stage for the plight of America’s marginalized and underrepresented.
3. Community Educator
Colin Kaepernick could turn his Know Your Rights Camp into something huge. According to the website, “Know Your Rights Camp is a free campaign for youth fully funded by Colin Kapernick to raise awareness on higher education, self-empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios.” Without the responsibility of football, he could go all the way with this campaign, adding literature and resources to provide continuing education for the demographic he’s aiming to reach.
Contrary to popular belief, athletes are far from one-dimensional entertainers. The end of football wouldn’t mean the end of Colin’s influence. If things don’t work out in the NFL, I can guarantee that whatever he chooses to do, he’ll have a cheering section in his corner.
**Jasmine loves people, food, culture, fitness, and nature. She wants you to find what you love and live it until you die, because if you don’t do that, you’re not truly living, anyway.