Surprised? Colin Kaepernick Is The Most Hated Player In The NFL Right Now
If you had asked an NFL fan to give you their opinion on Colin Kaepernick two months ago, there’s a good chance that you would have gotten a blank stare in return. Yes, Kaepernick looked like he was going to be one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL just a few short years ago, but after suffering setbacks over the last two seasons, he appeared to be just a shell of his former self at the end of last season. He was on the verge of losing his starting spot to Blaine Gabbert, and well, let’s just say that he wasn’t on the minds of most NFL fans. There may have been one or two San Francisco 49ers fans who said they hated him simply because of how hard he fell off following the great start to his career, but the majority of people would have been confused as to why you were asking them about Colin Kaepernick in the first place.
That all changed in August when Kaepernick decided to sit and then subsequently kneel during the national anthem before games in an effort to protest the very serious issue of police brutality. Since then, he has continued to take a knee during The Star-Spangled Banner, and he has said that he has no plans to stop doing it anytime soon. Kaepernick believes in his cause very passionately and is going to do whatever he can to bring awareness to social injustices.
It obviously hasn’t gone over well with many people throughout the country, though, and apparently, people are so upset with what Kaepernick has committed to do that he is now the most hated player in the entire NFL. E-Poll Marketing Research did a study recently and asked more than 1,000 people to name the NFL player they dislike the most. Kaepernick received more than 29 percent of the vote, which was a significantly higher percentage than any other NFL player received. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston received 22 percent of the vote, while Miami Dolphins defensive end Ndamukong Suh received 21 percent, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received 13 percent, and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger received 10 percent. It’s worth noting that Kaepernick has landed on the list before, but he received just 6 percent of the vote back in 2014.
But Kaepernick did get some good news out of the most recent poll. While it sounds like there’s a large segment of America that doesn’t like him, 42 percent of African-American respondents said they now like him “a lot.” That’s up from just 16 percent in 2014.
It’s clear that, for better or worse, Kaepernick has touched a nerve and caused people to feel something by protesting the national anthem. And it’s probably going to continue in the coming days, weeks, and months. Say what you want about him and his protest, but it has transformed Kaepernick from an afterthought into one of the most polarizing players in NFL history.