Tom Brady: Colin Kaepernick Belongs In The NFL

Bryan Brandom
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Prior to the 2016 season, Tom Brady and Colin Kaepernick had met just once on an NFL gridiron.

The New England Patriots quarterback apparently remembers that game—a 41-34 loss in December 2012—well, as Brady cited the matchup when he was asked whether he believes Kaepernick, currently a free agent after starting a trend of protests during pregame renditions of the national anthem in 2016, will play again in the NFL.

“I sure hope so,” Brady told CBS This Morning in an interview that aired on Sunday. “I’ve always watched him and admired him, the way that he’s played. He was a great young quarterback, he came to our stadium and beat us, and took his team to the Super Bowl in 2012. He’s accomplished a lot in the pros as a player and he’s certainly qualified, and I hope he gets a shot.”

In that contest, Kaepernick completed 14 of 25 passes for 221 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. He also rushed seven times for 28 yards. Brady put up huge numbers, but was inefficient. He threw an incredible 65 times, connecting on 36 tries for 443 yards and a touchdown, but tossed two picks. Brady also rushed for a score.

Kaepernick would go on to lead his team to the Super Bowl, where his San Francisco 49ers fell to Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens, who had to beat the Patriots to get to the big game.

Kaepernick and Brady met for the second and only other time last season, when New England pounded the lowly 49ers 30-17. This time it was Brady connecting for four touchdowns, amassing 280 passing yards in the process. His counterpart wasn’t bad, either, going 16-of-30 for 206 yards, two scores, and no picks, adding 32 yards on the ground.

In 2015, Kaepernick defended Brady over the Deflategate scandal.

A week ago, Brady told WEEI he’s “never really had a conversation” with Kaepernick, before noting that he doesn’t “pay attention” to the string of protests against racial discrimination.