Alex Smith says Colin Kaepernick not playing NFL is completely absurd because he is still 'crazy good'
Smith thinks Kaepernick still holds the single-game rushing record for a quarterback
Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith, who is still recovering from the leg injury he suffered in 2018, talked about former National Football League (NFL) player Colin Kaepernick, saying it was "absurd" that the quarterback was not playing in the league.
Smith, the subject of an ESPN documentary that premiered on Friday, May 1, talked about his injury on the ESPN Radio show 'The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz', and discussed his time playing with Kaepernick in San Francisco.
The Redskins player said that he finds it absurd that the former San Francisco 49er still does not have a job in the NFL.
“It was hard to kind of see that trajectory because he was playing so good, and doing things nobody had done,” Smith said on ESPN Radio. “I think he still holds the single-game rushing record for a quarterback. It was crazy."
"So with that said, it was so absurd — I think equally — that it was only a few years later when you’re like, ‘This guy doesn’t have a job.’ That was hard to imagine. It still is, a guy with his ability and his trajectory that all of a sudden wasn’t playing," he added.
Kaepernick has not played a down in the NFL since opting out of his contract in 2016. With multiple NFL teams hunting for game-changing quarterbacks in the wake of injuries to their existing players, Kaepernick had expressed an active interest in pursuing those vacancies. However, reports state that his controversial reputation might be getting in the way of him being taken on by any team.
Kaepernick was the first NFL player to take a knee during the national anthem as a protest against racism and police brutality.
“Kap was a great teammate, obviously," Smith added. "I was with him his first two years, the first year as the backup and sitting and watching, and then halfway through the season the next year when he took over and rolled. The run he had and the ability was crazy, it’s crazy good. Certainly if you’re a guy with that kind of running ability and also be able to throw the football and making plays really in his first chunk of playing time, I mean the trajectory he was on was absurd."
The quarterback began his protest in 2016 when he was with the San Francisco 49ers. He stirred a national controversy in an effort to protest police brutality in the country. Other players soon took his cue and joined the protest in the 2016 season, while many others have continued the protest till now.
Kaepernick's movement drew heavy criticism from President Trump, who even called for the owners of NFL teams to fire the players who were participating in it. The NFL, last year, had announced a rule which required all the players to stand during the national anthem. The association, however, gave an option to the players to stand off the field until the ceremony was over instead of kneeling outside.
Kaepernick, however, has continued to keep in shape, in hope that a franchise will sign him and he will get to play again. Kaepernick, who had led San Francisco to the 2013 Super Bowl, last February had reached a confidential settlement with the NFL after alleging that the league blackballed him.
The NFL had arranged tryouts for the quarterback at Atlanta Falcons training facility in Georgia last year in November. However, the location was shifted to a high school stadium at the last minute. Kaepernick, while commenting on the change, had stated that it was done so that the media could be present. Reports state that Kaepernick's team decided to move the location of his workout after they accused the NFL of not acting rightfully.