Colin Kaepernick, once the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, continues to defy the odds, transforming his social activism into a prosperous life outside of the NFL. Although Kaepernick was let go from the 49ers in 2017, allegedly for injecting politics into sports by kneeling during the national anthem in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, he's far from struggling financially.
Despite a hiatus from professional football now stretching over seven years, Kaepernick has amassed an impressive net worth of $22 million, with a reported monthly income exceeding $150,000.
Kaepernick's NFL Exit and Transformation
While the 49ers' official statement attributed Kaepernick's departure to a mismatch of skills and the team's long-term plans, many within the NFL community believe his exit was a direct result of his political stance.
Nonetheless, Kaepernick has successfully pivoted his career. His book, 'I Color Myself Different,' has achieved international acclaim, contributing substantially to his income. An avid car aficionado, Kaepernick's collection boasts luxury vehicles like Mercedes Benz, Range Rover, and Toyota.
His financial success is paralleled by his impact as an advocate for racial equality and social justice, causes that he's championed consistently. Kaepernick's advocacy is deeply personal, rooted in experiences of racial discrimination that date back to his childhood.
Born to a 19-year-old mother who put him up for adoption, he was raised by a loving adoptive family but also became the target of racial slurs from an early age. He has openly shared stories about experiences with racism during family road trips, which only intensified as he grew older.
When he felt that his treatment by the NFL mirrored the racial discrimination he'd encountered throughout his life, Kaepernick took the unprecedented step of suing the league. In 2017, he filed a grievance against the NFL, accusing team owners of collusion to keep him out of the league.
Ultimately, he reached a settlement, rumored to be under $10 million, asserting that athletes like him cannot be silenced or exploited. Though Kaepernick emerged victorious in his legal battle, his NFL career remains in limbo.
Teams have been hesitant to sign the player who took the league to court and won. Seven years on, the question remains: Will Colin Kaepernick ever make his NFL return, or has the league closed the door on a player who refused to be silenced? With Kaepernick still eyeing an NFL comeback, the sports world watches intently, wondering if he will ever break the barrier that seems to have been erected against him.