Johnny Manziel and Colin Kaepernick both have something in common: They both want to make a comeback as a starting quarterback in the NFL. But the reasons the two are out of football are very different.
Kaepernick has systemically gone unsigned by all 32 NFL teams, almost certainly because of his nonviolent protest to bring attention to police brutality against people of color. His decision to sit during the national anthem caused controversy throughout the league that continued into the 2017 season, even as he went unsigned by any NFL teams.
Manziel, meanwhile, flamed out as a quarterback with the Cleveland Browns and was deemed too toxic to sign. But both are working to make comebacks and get a second chance at playing as a pro. That doesn’t mean, however, that the two have to be rivals. Manziel defended Kaepernick’s protest and offered support of the controversial quarterback in a series of tweets on Saturday.
Manziel stressed that comparisons between the two quarterbacks and their current situation are nonsense.
While Manziel has had his off-the-field controversies, though very different, and he stressed that Kaepernick is not being given a chance because of football reasons.
Manziel said that Kaepernick “has a lot left in the tank” and should be signed by a team.
He then reiterated his support of the quarterback, mentioning him directly on Twitter.
Regardless of what you think of Manziel and his chance at getting back into the NFL, it’s important that he didn’t have to do this. Pitting the two quarterbacks against one another, and in the process continuing to make Kaepernick an opponent could have been good for Manziel’s comeback effort. Instead, he stood up and offered his support.