Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

Timeline of Colin Kaepernick, a former NFL quarterback known for his activism against racial injustice, particularly for kneeling during the national anthem. His actions sparked both support and controversy, leading to discussions about the intersection of sports and social activism.


November 03, 1987


Milwaukee, Winsconsin, United States


Former NFL quarterback


University of Nevada, Reno, where he played college football for the Nevada Wolf Pack. He graduated with a degree in Business Management.


03 November 1987

Birth of Colin Kaepernick

Colin Rand Kaepernick was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to a 19-year-old white mother who gave him up for adoption. He was adopted by Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, a couple who had lost two sons at birth due to congenital heart defects.


29 April 2011

NFL Draft San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick was selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 36th overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers. He was the sixth quarterback to be selected that year.


19 November 2012

First NFL Start Against Chicago Bears

Kaepernick made his first career start against the Chicago Bears, after 49ers starting quarterback Alex Smith was unable to play due to a concussion. Kaepernick performed well, and became the team's starter for the remainder of the season.


03 February 2013

Super Bowl Appearance

Colin Kaepernick led the San Francisco 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII, facing the Baltimore Ravens. The 49ers lost the game 34-31, but Kaepernick had a notable performance, throwing for 302 yards, one touchdown, and rushing for a touchdown as well.


26 August 2016

National Anthem Protest

Kaepernick began protesting against racial injustice and police brutality by sitting, and later kneeling, during the U.S. national anthem prior to NFL games. His actions sparked a nationwide conversation about social issues and activism in sports.


03 March 2017

Opting Out of Contract

Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers, becoming a free agent. No NFL team signed him for the upcoming seasons, leading to allegations that the league was blackballing him due to his protests.


09 November 2017

Grievance Against NFL

Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL and its owners for collusion to keep him out of the league as a result of his protests. He alleged that they had conspired not to hire him due to his political stance.


15 February 2019

Grievance Settlement

Colin Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid reached a confidential settlement with the NFL regarding their collusion grievances, effectively concluding the legal battle without a public disclosure of any findings.


06 July 2020

Netflix Series 'Colin in Black & White' Announced

Netflix announced a series called 'Colin in Black & White,' produced by Ava DuVernay, to explore Kaepernick's high school years and the experiences that led him to become an activist. The series premiered on Netflix on October 29, 2021.


18 November 2020

Publishes his Memoir about Journey from NFL Player to Civil Rights Activist

Kaepernick published his memoir, detailing his journey from NFL player to civil rights activist. The book further discusses his experiences with racial identity, adopting a black liberation ideology, and his activism.

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