Former 49ers’ quarterback, Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the National Anthem in the final preseason game of the 2016 season. He did this to protest racial injustice and police brutality against African-Americans.
Prior to that, he had just been sitting down. Taking a knee was his way of respecting America while calling out for change.
Kaepernick received a lot more backlash than support, which is rumored to be the reason he was never signed again after opting out of a contract with the 49ers.
During a local media conference, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan addressed the current situation happening in America and mentioned that Kaepernick should have “every opportunity to join the league.”