You got to be kidding me. Why would anybody want to pay $128k for his auctioned San Francisco 49ers Jersey, when NFL teams won’t give him a salary to play in the league again? Another question is where does the money flow in a $1,000,000,000 sports league? Nobody knows.
The jersey is from 2011, which signified the rookie season of former NFL player now SJ activist Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick replaced Alex Smith for one snap during a 24-23 comeback win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 2, 2011. Under then head coach Jim Harbaugh, Smith led the 49ers to a 13-3 record and a berth in the NFC-Championship-Game against the NY Giants. Kaepernick took over for Smith in the middle of the 2012 season, and led his team to the Super Bowl where they lost 34-31 to Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens. But times have changed since then.
Kaepernick’s jersey sold for $128k at Juilian’s Auctions to an undisclosed buyer.
SOLD for $128,000! The 49ers jersey game worn by Colin Kaepernick during his rookie debut in his first NFL regular series game on October 2, 2011.— Juliens Auctions (@JuliensAuctions) December 4, 2020
Sold today in Day 4 of our "Icons & Idols: Trilogy" auction - Icons & Idols: Sports - live at https://t.co/dDmq5KJiYv! pic.twitter.com/62UeAVyJjM
The purchase price was the third-highest recorded behind former President Barack Obama’s high school jersey selling at 192k and Hall-of-Fame Chicago Bulls player and now Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan’s 1984 jersey selling at 320k.
How Kaepernick Wants to Change the “Whirld”
Because of his activism and his passion for what he believes in, Kaepernick recently partnered-up with the popular Ice Cream Company Ben and Jerry’s and created a flavor signifying hope and change. It is called, “Change the Whirled”.
The flavor contains of vegan vanilla ice cream, caramel with fudge chips, graham cracker swirls, and chocolate cookie swirls. Ben and Jerry’s makes great-tasting ice cream, and maybe this flavor will sell-high. As the saying goes, “Just try it, you’ll like it.”
I’ve teamed up with @BenAndJerrys to serve up joy on the journey to justice!
Today, we’re excited to introduce Change the Whirled, a new non-dairy flavor that hits shelves in early-2021!
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) December 10, 2020
How Kaepernick Got His Start
Kaepernick was born on Nov. 3, 1987 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended John H. Pitman in Turlock, California where he played baseball and football. Most of his athletic scholarships were for baseball, but Kaepernick preferred to play college football. He committed to the University of Nevada in February 2006, and enjoyed a successful career, winning the WAC player of the year in 2008 and 2011.
Kaepernick was selected 36th-overall in the second-round by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2011 NFL-Draft. He spent most of his rookie year on the bench behind 2005 number-one overall draft pick Alex Smith.
Smith, who was coming off a disappointing 2010 season, in which he was booed off the field against the Philadelphia Eagles, had a historic turn-around in 2011 under first-year-head-coach Jim Harbaugh going 13-3 and reaching the 2012-NFC-Championship against the eventual Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.
In 2012, Smith was benched in the middle of the season for Kaepernick who led the 49er’s to a berth in Super Bowl 47 where they would lose to the Baltimore Ravens 34-31.
Why Kaepernick left the NFL?
In week 5 of the 2016 NFL Season, Kaepernick was kneeling on the side-line in protest of police brutality and the oppression of black people in America. Earlier in the week, Kaepernick criticized both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump saying that their ideas were racist and that they were both, proven liars as per his YouTube Video from Oct. 1, 2016.
Kaepernick played in 12-games for the 49er’s in 2016, in which the team finished with a disappointing 2-14 record.
In March of 2017 entering his final year of his contract, Kaepernick announced he was going to opt out of it.
Reports were rumored that he was going to be released by the 49er’s and that he did not fit the teams plans…