In a new Op-Ed titled “Fan tries to do right by Colin Kaepernick with Hall of Fame nomination” Nancy Armour of USA Today covers Vermont resident Bob Birkett’s long shot effort to nominate former SF 49er Colin Kaepernick into the NFL hall of fame.
Bob Birkett, a Vermont resident and NFL fan told Armour that after reading through the guidelines for the Pro Football Hall of Fame he found “any person” may make a nomination.
Birkett then sprung into action and nominated Kaepernick for his work towards social justice and racial equality.
Birkett wrote in a letter to the hall “It is my pleasure, privilege, and responsibility as a supporter of racial equality to nominate Mr. Colin Kaepernick.”
He added “Mr Kaepernick has shown exceptional courage in highlighting the damaging effects of racial injustice on Black people and on our society as a whole. His respectful kneeling posture has created a powerful symbol for those who are oppressed by our society.”
Birkett told USAToday sports “He’s gotten a raw deal for so long. It’s a little bit like (Muhammad Ali refusing to serve in Vietnam). The initial reaction was, ‘Holy cow what a horrible thing.’ Then a little while later, it’s like, ‘Man, that guy had some guts.'”
Kaepernick is not yet eligible for the Hall of Fame and the earliest he could be considered is 2022.
Meanwhile, a recent report suggests “zero interest” from NFL teams in hiring Kaepernick this season for a comeback.