There is a shadow narrative when it comes to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
It says that Kaepernick doesn’t want to return to the team.
However, sources close to Kaepernick say that all things being equal, the 49ers would be his first choice.
The narrative says that his teammates don’t support him.
However, Kaepernick won the team’s Len Eshmont Award last season – an honor voted on by teammates and given to the player who best exemplifies courageous and inspirational play.
The narrative also says that fans are tired of Kaepernick and want him to move on.
Yet Kaepernick feels greatly supported by fans in the Bay Area. Here’s what he told sfgate.com after the 49ers season finale.
“It would have been very easy for (49ers fans) this season, with everything that’s going on, to turn their back and they didn’t,” he said. “To me that means a lot and it shows the character of the people.”
Kaepernick was also impressed with how fans interacted with him, particularly around his protest against racism, discrimination, violence, and malnutrition. [continue reading…]