Everybody in the world has an opinion on why Colin Kaepernick isn’t in the NFL. Plenty of people speculate on why the former NFC Champion doesn’t have a job, but realistically that’s all it is — speculation. We don’t know what it’s like to be on the outside trying to get back in, because all we’ve done is pleasantly look and judge from afar without knowing just what it’s like playing in the NFL. If there’s anyone that knows what Colin Kaepernick is going through, it’s Mike Vick. Sadly, you’d never know that from his comments.
There’s usually a pretty cut and dry reason why you aren’t in the NFL. Whether you have enough controversy magnetizing towards you or you’re just flat out not that good, it’s a pretty simple explanation you can tell your friends and families. Then, there’s Colin Kaepernick. The man somehow finds himself in that gray area where he’s caught slightly on both sides, but not entirely.
Kaepernick has proven he’s good, leading the San Francisco 49ers to their first Super Bowl appearance in decades, but he’s fallen off. He’s also clearly a man of controversy where there’s media coverage following his every move like he’s a Kardashian, but that “controversy” surrounds his Black Lives Matter movement where he refused to stand during the National Anthem. Either way, it doesn’t look like he’s getting another chance in the NFL.
There are, I believe, 121 quarterbacks on NFL rosters. The fact that Colin Kaepernick isn’t one of them is a shameful look for the league.
— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) July 31, 2017
Mike Vick is living proof that a player of controversy can find success in the NFL if they get a second chance following their problems. Vick famously fought dogs and was charged for it, serving time in prison while missing two straight seasons. Not only did Vick get another shot in the league, playing seven more seasons for three teams, but he found a gigantic stool to step on so he could reach his high horse. It’s from there where he said Kaepernick isn’t being blackballed by the NFL, and just simply isn’t good.
“The gesture that he made last year when he took the stand to do what he did, listen, we all appreciated it, we respected it, and it was a good thing.
I really think the stand that he took has nothing to do with him not having a job playing in the National Football League right now. And being frank, Colin didn’t have the best two years his last two seasons. It wasn’t as productive as what we’ve seen him do.”
Everybody loves a good ol’ fashion comparison, so let’s go to the tale of the tape with these two quarterbacks. In one corner, weighing 216 lbs not including the weight of his current ego, we have convicted felon Michael Vick. Vick is not only known for revitalizing the Eagles offense following his two year absence from the NFL, but for raising dogs to fight.
In the other corner, we have Colin Kaepernick, who is barred from the league based on his protests. This matchup may not seem fair considering how successful Vick was in his career, but that’s where he becomes blatantly hypocritical. Vick claims Kap isn’t good enough to find a spot in the NFL, yet if you compare the stats of Kaepernick last year to those of Vick the year before his arrest, you’ll come to see one quarterback’s numbers are clearly better.
So Kaepernick’s numbers aren’t good enough to earn him a spot on a roster, yet they’re better than Vick’s numbers were the last year he played, which earned him a job in Philadelphia. You could make the argument that Vick got the second chance based on success he had in his past. For that, we can compare Kaepernick’s best year and his first full season as a starter, to Vick’s best year, his second season in the NFL.
That’s really not too far off. Kaepernick looks like a better passer, and Vick has a clear advantage on the ground, although it’s not completely far off. So teams are ignoring Kap’s past success, and harping on his “bad” recent season, while Vick’s past success earned him a second shot, while they completely overlooked the bad season he had prior? If it doesn’t sound like there are other reasons behind Kaepernick’s lack of job offers when you compare it that way, then you must not be paying attention.
Vick committed a crime, hurt animals, served jail time, and was welcomed back into the NFL. Kaepernick hasn’t committed any crime, has only helped people by donating hundreds and thousands of dollars to charities since his protest began, did not serve a minute of jail time, and is sitting on his couch at home instead of getting ready for the 2017 season. Don’t worry everybody, Vick knows the reason why he is truly jobless.
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) July 17, 2017
Pack up and go home everybody, we solved the case. Detective Mike Vick cracked the code. He’s out here making the Mystery Gang from Scooby Doo look like a bunch of jokes. The reason why Vick got a second chance isn’t because he deserved it more than Kaepernick. It’s because he asked the barber for a fade instead of cornrows.
This is how Vick is completely and truly a hypocrite. The man says he appreciated and respected what Kaepernick did for the black community, and claimed it was a good thing. Yet then he immediately turned around and told him to “look and act the part” by getting rid of his cornrows and his afro. That isn’t applauding someone for standing up for black culture. That’s asking them to stop being who they are, all while pointing to his statistics as the reason why he isn’t the league.
At that point, he might as well just say it how it truly is. Vick is proof that Kaepernick would be in the the league if it was for his stats. The difference between himself and Kaepernick was the fact that Vick played the game NFL owners wanted him to play, and Kaepernick didn’t. Don’t cite statistics and reasons that aren’t there for why the man isn’t playing. The reason why he isn’t in the NFL is because he isn’t sucking up to the owners of the league and pretending to change like Vick did. No haircut in the world can change the truth.
Vick walked his comments back, saying the media firestorm he created was all a big misunderstanding – he was only trying to help the beleaguered Kaeprenick, which is much more on-brand for Mike Vick 2.0, who’s been a model citizen since his dog fighting scandal.
“At the end of the day, what I said, I should have never said. I think it was taken out of context in regards to what I was trying to convey, but I only want to help Kaepernick,” Vick said on the Dan Patrick Show. “I’m not a general manager, I’m not the guy who makes the decisions on getting him signed and I’m truly sorry for what I said. I think I should have used a better choice of words.”