Has the definition of “Sacrifice” changed?
Nike tells us that Colin Kaepernick has sacrificed everything because he believed in something. At best, Nike underappreciated the word. At worst, they have given credence to all those who were pissed off about him kneeling during the flag and slapped those in the face who truly sacrificed.
Let talk about it.
Apparently, Colin Kaepernick sacrificed everything. In the NFL, he made – from contracts alone -- $43 million. He currently, pre-Nike deal, has a net wroth of $20 million. So, the guy has $20 million, essentially, in the bank. How much did Mahatma Gandhi have in the bank? Rosa Parks? Harriet Tubman? Why doesn’t Nike endorse their family, and put their faces on that advertisement? Why doesn’t Nike start using random service heroes in those advertisements?
Never mind, let’s move on.
Kaepernick, during his NFL career, made $7 million, on average, every year. Your average soldier makes $33k. Your average police officer makes $48k. Who sacrifices more?
I know what you’re thinking – “Caleb, this isn’t about money, this is about true sacrifice. You know, everything that isn’t money.” Ok, ok. While jet skis are pretty expensive, and I have never seen someone mad on a jet ski, but let’s talk about the things money doesn’t provide.
Did he sacrifice a career? His last 2 seasons in the NFL, his record was 3-16. Both of those seasons he had a completion percentage below 60% -- which is considered the minimum of where you should be. Those last to seasons he had a QBR (Quarterback Rating) of 43.4 and 49.3. A QBR of 50 in considered “average.” Not to mention he was benched and beat out in training camp for Blaine Gabbert. Yeah, Blaine Gabbert. Pretty sure the Browns wouldn’t even play Blaine Gabbert.
Even though all of those stats were on Kaepernick’s resume, John Elway tried to acquire Kaepernick. John F*ckin Elway. The 49ers and Broncos had a trade worked out. Broncos wanted Kaepernick to restructure his contract to make the trade official. Kaepernick said no. Kaepernick was not taking a pay cut to play in the NFL. He was scheduled of make $16 million, and he wasn’t going to sacrifice any of that to play in the league. Apparently, he didn’t believe in being a QB in the NFL to sacrifice anything.
Then he opted out of his contract completely. The 49ers did not release him. He quit the team. Let that sink in. He had one of the 32 NFL jobs, going to get paid $16 million. But quit. Not sacrifice. Quit.
Kaepernick didn’t sacrifice his career. He chose not to have one.
Since Colin Kaepernick began “sacrificing everything,” 74 military members have been killed in action or training. Since Colin Kaepernick began “sacrificing everything,” 398 police officers have been killed in action. Those are the same police officers Kaepernick slapped in the face when he wore socks with police depicted as pigs, but that type of hate and disrespect is somehow alright. Notice, this list doesn’t include officers and military members who have lost limbs, in action, or suffered PTSD. Those types of things prevent those individuals from providing for their families. Those types of things prevent mothers and fathers from being there for their children. Those types of things are true sacrifice. Don’t believe me? Ask Taya Kyle, wife of Chris Kyle – THE American Sniper. He was killed trying to help a fellow veteran with PTSD. Maybe ask Mr. Kyle’s family what they sacrificed so he could sacrifice.
This isn’t about Kaepernick taking a knee anymore. Him and all NFL players have that right because they live in our great country. This has somehow become a heroic narrative about Kaepernick ‘sacrificing everything’ that Nike is shoving down people’s throat, and it’s gone too far.
If you truly want to be known as a hero, be like the people who sacrificed everything so Colin could ‘Kaepernick.’ Go ahead, Colin, Just do it.