Colin Rand Kaepernick is a professional American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League.
American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada, and also known as gridiron, is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end.
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The San Francisco 49ers are a professional American football team located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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He played college football at Nevada, and was drafted by the 49ers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
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The 2011 NFL Draft was the 76th installment of the annual NFL Draft, where the franchises of the National Football League select newly eligible football players.
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At Nevada, he twice was named the Western Athletic Offensive Player of the Year, and he was the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl.
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Beginning his professional career as a backup to Alex Smith, Kaepernick became the 49ers' starter in the middle of the 2012 season when Smith suffered a concussion.
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He remained the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season and went on to lead the 49ers to their first Super Bowl appearance since 1994, although the game ended in defeat for the team.
Despite posting strong numbers in his first full season as a starter and helping the 49ers reach the NFC Championship for a second consecutive year, Kaepernick's performance began to decline.
The 49ers missed the playoffs in 2014 season as Kaepernick's statistics dropped from the previous year and he was benched following persistent struggles during the 2015 season.
After beginning the 2016 season as a backup, he resumed his duties as a starter early in the year.
In 2016, Kaepernick gained national attention when he began protesting the alleged oppression of black people by not standing while the United States national anthem was being performed before the start of games.
A protest is an expression of bearing witness on behalf of an express cause by words or actions with regard to particular events, policies or situations.
His actions prompted a wide variety of responses, including additional athletes in the NFL and other U.S. sports leagues protesting in various ways during the anthem.