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L to R: Brett Favre, Pat Tillman, Colin Kaepernick
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Colin Kaepernick has benefited greatly from scamming the public and serially disrespecting our national anthem, flag, and honorable Americans in general.  However, Kaepernick, and those that support him, feel terribly oppressed, which justifies their anti-Americanism and bad manners, as I noted in August of 2016   (has Kaepernick actually been misbehaving that long?):

Actual sacrifice          credit: ar-15.com

The oppression Kaepernick suffers is oppressive indeed. According to Sportrac.com last year [2016] Kaepernick made a bit under $20 million dollars, and that in a year in which the 49ers’ went 5-11.  I suspect most Americans would think that pretty good for a black person.  Actually, they’d think that ridiculously good for any color person.

In September of 2016, I wrote about Kaepernick’s brave crusade against the police and asked readers to compare and contrast his charmed life with an athlete who suffered actual oppression.

Veera Caslavska

On September 5 of 2018, I took Kaepernick and Nike to task for their oh-so-woke virtue signaling.

Credit: Chris Muir, Day By Day Cartoon

And on September 14 of 2018, I attempted to define real sacrifice.

Related are the articles I wrote on the NFL and its own disgusting virtue signaling.  Merely enter “NFL” into the SMM home page search bar to find those articles.

After that last September article, I more or less ignored Kaepernick.  Let the D/S/C media give him all the publicity he could possibly want.  They were more than happy to do just that, and I was pleased to kick him out of my brain.  But then Brett Favre happened, as The Daily Caller reports:

 NFL legend Brett Favre thinks Colin Kaepernick and Pat Tillman are very similar.

In an interview with TMZ Sports, the Green Bay Packers legend said of the former 49ers quarterback, ‘I can only think of right off the top of my head, Pat Tillman is another guy that did something similar, and we regard him as a hero. So, I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.’

Favre also said Kaep should get another shot in the league.

What Clay Travis said. 

Full disclosure:  I am not a football fan.  I did not play football in high school, opting for track, soccer, fencing, theater, and multiple forms of music instead.  I’ve never watched football on TV, having careers that made that more or less impossible even if I wanted to watch.  So the prospect of no NFL season does not fill me with dread.  I don’t know the name of the quarterback of any college or pro team, nor do I know the names of any of the players—unless they somehow distinguish themselves, honorably or shamefully.

From, what I understand, Favre was a good football player and was compensated accordingly.  Kaepernick was a mediocre football player, but he was well compensated and various sources put his current net worth around $20 million dollars.  I’ve always suspected he went woke in a desperate attempt to make himself unfireable.  That didn’t work out so well for him, and his example, adopted by so many other players, didn’t work out so well for the NFL.  As I understand it, NFL management and owners are going full woke—never go full woke—this coming pseudo-season. That’s not going to work out well for them either.

Gentle readers, Favre was a good football player, but as a moral arbiter, he’s not so hot.  Let’s compare:

Colin Kaepernick: 

Kaepernick played in the NFL for six years.  Sidelined by injuries toward the end of his career–his performance suffered before that–he became an “activist” and a free agent.  It’s hardly surprising, with his history of injury and increasingly mediocre performance, no team wanted him.  However, responding to claims he was being frozen out of the NFL because of his activism, he was given a special workout showcase with multiple representatives of multiple teams.  As previously noted, he did not take it seriously—he blew it off and moved to a local high school field–and there was little evidence he had worked himself into playing shape.  There was also no evidence he would be a football player first and an “activist” second.

Kaepernick not only refused to stand for the national anthem, he wore socks with pigs on them, slamming the police.  He claimed the police can murder black people at will.  He praised Fidel Castro.  He said:  “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”  He entered a lucrative contract with Nike, and even got them to cancel a shoe featuring a Betsy Ross flag.  He continues be an “activist.”  If heroism can be said to require actual sacrifice, even the ultimate sacrifice, Kaepernick ain’t it.

Pat Tillman
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Pat Tillman: He played in the NFL for four years, and was a good player.  Inspired by 9-11, he joined the Army and became a Ranger, essentially the pros of the Army.  In so doing, he turned down a nearly $4 million dollar NFL contract offer.  Over several combat tours he won, among other awards, the Silver Star.  He was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.

So on one hand, we have a mediocre football player who hates America and her symbols, has materially contributed to the political and cultural divide in our nation, and continues, despite a net worth in the tens of millions, to claim he is terribly oppressed and is somehow owed untold millions more and a starting position on an NFL team.  On the other, we have a good former football player who turned down millions to answer the call of his country.  As an Army Ranger, he earned multiple awards and honorably served his nation, and made the salary of a corporal.  He was not an “activist,” but a soldier who loved America and Americans and who gave the last, full measure of devotion to them.  He died a hero, never having praised foreign dictators.

Should Kaepernick, as Favre says, “get another shot at the league?”  That’s entirely up to the owners and managers of the NFL teams.  They’re in a for-profit business and “activists,” who would have a certain kind of public acclaim rather than focusing on playing football and winning, are bad for business.  Players not up to professional standards are also bad for business.  On top of it all, no one has a right to be a professional football player, no matter how woke they are.

It would seem Mr. Favre should stick to football commentary.  As a historian, or a moral arbiter, he’s strictly bush league.