Alex Smith Perplexed By Colin Kaepernick's NFL Absence, 'Still Doesn't Make Sense'
Alex Smith Perplexed By Kaepernick's NFL Absence 'Still Doesn't Make Sense'
2/19/2021 7:38 AM PT
Alex Smith says he can't wrap his brain around how Colin Kaepernick still does not have a job in the NFL today ... saying the whole situation is both "tragic" and "sad."
Smith forged a friendship with Kap when the two were teammates in San Francisco ... and he said this week he just doesn't understand how his old pal can't find a team.
"It still doesn't make sense," Smith told NFL Network star Kyle Brandt on the "10 Questions With Kyle Brandt" podcast.
“Great dude” “Really quiet” “Respectful” “Incredibly brave” “Tragic” “The country wasn’t ready”— Kyle Brandt (@KyleBrandt) February 19, 2021 @KyleBrandt
Alex Smith reflects on a young Colin Kaepernick. @Kaepernick7
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Alex says Kaepernick's talent level, even during his rookie and sophomore seasons, was obvious ... and the NFL seemingly refusing to give him a job over his past kneeling demonstrations during national anthems is just perplexing.
"The run that he went on, at the end of that last year that we were together [in 2012] and went to the Super Bowl ... was so crazy to watch," Smith said. "Truly one of the historic runs in football to see what he was doing."
Smith continued, "It's crazy to fast forward only a couple years after that and he was out of the league. It's hard to -- you couldn't even grasp it. Couldn't understand it. You couldn't."
Smith said it's "so tragic" how some in the NFL and others in the country didn't realize what Kaepernick was protesting back in 2016 ... explaining, "He was ahead of his time."
"The country wasn't ready. Nobody was ready for it. And, he's sitting there trying to tell everybody through a completely peaceful manner about some of the things going on in this country and that have been going on for a long time."
Smith continued, "And, to see the backlash that happened, yeah, it hurts. It hurts looking back at it that the country wasn't ready for it and he suffered the repercussions."
1,363 days of being denied employment.— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 23, 2020 @Kaepernick7
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Still going hard 5 days a week. #StillReady#StopRunning pic.twitter.com/iMeJ03IRuB
Kaepernick has not played a down in the NFL since the 2016 season ... though he's insisted he's still training like a mad man and could help a team even despite the time off.