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Colin Kaepernick, American Athlete ( November 3, 1987 - )

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We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that aren't treated equally, aren't given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed. There are a lot of issues that need to be talked about, need to be brought to life, and we need to fix those.~Colin Kaepernick


Life People Police

I do want to be a representative of the African community, and I want to hold myself and dress myself in a way that reflects that. I want black kids to see me and think, 'Okay, he's carrying himself as a black man, and that's how a black man should carry himself.'~Colin Kaepernick


Myself Community Man

I never felt that I was supposed to be white. Or black, either. My parents just wanted to let me be who I needed to be.~Colin Kaepernick


Parents Black Me

People don't realize what's really going on in this country. There are a lot things that are going on that are unjust. People aren't being held accountable for. And that's something that needs to change. That's something that this country stands for: freedom, liberty and justice for all.~Colin Kaepernick


Change Freedom Justice

There's a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality.~Colin Kaepernick


Change Police Brutality

I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed.~Colin Kaepernick


People Stand Going

Once I get into the locker room, I turn on stuff to get me hyped up. Mainly, it's a lot of rap music.~Colin Kaepernick


Music Me Up

I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone.~Colin Kaepernick


Family Women Respect

I realize that men and women of the military go out and sacrifice their lives and put their selves in harm's way for my freedom of speech and my freedoms in this country, and my freedom to take a seat or take a knee, so I have the utmost respect for them, and I think what I did was taken out of context and spun a different way.~Colin Kaepernick


Women Respect Freedom

I think that's something that's hard for this country to address, is what the real issues are and coming to the point where we can admit that these are issues. Once we admit that, we can deal with it, we can fix them, and we can make this country and these communities a better place.~Colin Kaepernick


Better Think Real

I'm here to play football.~Colin Kaepernick


Football Play Here

You have full-field view when you're watching the film. Eye in the sky, it's a lot easier to look at it that way than when you're back behind center.~Colin Kaepernick


Sky Eye View

Mental health, for me, is doing everything I can to help this team win. Sitting around not doing anything isn't something I've been too big on since I was young.~Colin Kaepernick


Health Team Me

It was just something - I didn't agree with what the flag was representing at this time, and you know, if you look at the original picture where people addressed it, I was trying to sit behind the coolers and out of the way, 'cause I didn't want to interrupt anybody else's right to stand and hold attention to the flag.~Colin Kaepernick


Time People Trying

A lot of them have families to feed, and I think it's a tragic situation where players aren't comfortable speaking what's on their mind or what's right because they're afraid of consequences that come along with it. That's not an ideal environment for anybody.~Colin Kaepernick


Mind Environment Think

I've had times where one of my roommates was moving out of the house in college, and because we were the only black people in that neighborhood, the cops got called, and we had guns drawn on us. Came in the house, without knocking, guns drawn on my teammates and roommates. So I have experienced this.~Colin Kaepernick


College People Black

This stand wasn't because I feel like I'm being put down in any kind of way. This is because I'm seeing things happen to people that don't have a voice: people that don't have a platform to talk and have their voices heard and affect change. So I'm in the position where I can do that, and I'm going to do that for people that can't.~Colin Kaepernick


Change People Stand

To me, when people say, 'Oh, you're a freak athlete,' it's bittersweet. It's a huge compliment to say, 'O.K., you have physical abilities that are kind of above and beyond.' But at the same time, I feel like it diminishes the mental side of the game.~Colin Kaepernick


Time People Game

If you're going to do something, you're going to do it to be the best.~Colin Kaepernick


Best You Something

I don't believe in pressure. The pressure is not being prepared for what you want to do.~Colin Kaepernick


Believe Want You

To me, tattoos are a way of people being able to express themselves and have other people look at them and get a little insight into who they are, without ever even saying a word to them.~Colin Kaepernick


People Me Look

My parents told me from the time I can remember that, 'Yeah, you're adopted. But this is your family.' I can remember my mom, she tells me this story: when I was little, I was looking at her, and I was like, 'Why isn't my skin the same color as yours?' She was like, 'Oh, you're adopted, but I wish I had pretty brown skin like you.'~Colin Kaepernick


Mom Family Time

You have to train hard and be strong while staying flexible and limber, so I'm trying to find that balance.~Colin Kaepernick


Strong Balance Trying

Teammates tell me to bring it down a notch in practice or that their hands are hurting. Randy Moss told me I was the first person to ever dislocate one of his fingers.~Colin Kaepernick


Practice Me Hands

Sometimes, when things are going really well, I feel like I've already seen things - it's the flashback feeling in a good way. Like I'm watching a rerun, because I've studied this defense and know what comes next. Now, that is a good feeling, when your mind is working fast because you've studied, and you realize, 'I've seen this before.'~Colin Kaepernick


Good Mind Feeling