Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer provided his take on the Colin Kaepernick situation.
Below is the crux of what Dilfer said:
“I live in the Bay Area and I’ve read at least 30 articles on this. And every single night our TVs are inundated with the Colin Kaepernick stuff, and it’s a massive issue. I think for the most part the football community has been irresponsible of how we handled it. Because people aren’t tuning into us to hear about how we feel about what we feel about social issues,” Dilfer explained on ESPN’s NFL Sunday countdown with Randy Moss, Matthew Hasselbeck, Charles Woodson and Chris Berman. “Matthew and I have a very small voice in this. We haven’t experienced what Colin Kaepernick has experienced, what (Randy Moss) and (Charles Woodson) have experienced at times. But I do think the audience also needs to understand how this relates to football and a team. And I think the beauty of football that we all missed, you guys more that me because you’re just coming out of it, is football is the ultimate team game. If you want to be a championship teammate, if you fully want to be bought into your team having the best chances of success. You put your team above yourself. And no matter how passionate you are, no matter how much or a burden you have for a social issue — you don’t let it get in the way of the team.
And the big thing that hit me through all this is that this is a backup quarterback whose job is to be quiet and sit in the shadows and get the starter ready to play Week 1. And he chose a time where all of the sudden he became the center of attention and it has disrupted that organization. It has caused friction and it’s torn the fabric of the team. Although I respect what he’s doing and I respect the passion and burden he has for this issue, a massive issue. I do not respect the fact that he put himself and his stance above his team. Because he is not the only one that’s passionate about big social issues.”
— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) September 11, 2016
For the record, Moss and Woodson disagreed with their co-worker.