On Friday night, a rookie season jersey of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick went to auction and sold for a record-setting amount.
Kaepernick has not taken the field in almost four full seasons. However, that has not stopped bidders from going crazy over the recent auction for his 49ers rookie jersey. The team uniform is from 2011 and is specifically from the quarterback’s first NFL game played with San Francisco. The lucky bidder paid $128,000 for the memorabilia that sold through Julien’s Auctions. The winning bidder’s identity is unknown, but it has been confirmed as the highest-priced NFL jersey ever sold.
The auction included other sports memorabilia like NBA legend Michael Jordan’s rookie jersey, and a game ball signed by NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabaar.
“Other highlights include: the 49ers jersey game worn by Colin Kaepernick during his rookie debut in his first NFL regular series game on October 2, 2011,” Julien’s Auctions’ website stated of the jersey.
Kaepernick Still Looking to Make an NFL Roster
In 2011, the 49ers took Kaepernick out of the University of Nevada with their second-round selection during the NFL Draft. He went 36th overall in the draft, but only appeared in three games throughout his rookie season.
During Week 4 of the season, Kaepernick made his first-ever professional appearance against the Philadelphia Eagles. Yet, he only ran one play, handing the ball off to running back Frank Gore. Next week, he completed all three of his passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But, he only came into the game late because the 49ers blew out the Bucs. Finally, his last appearance of the season came in Week 12 against the St. Louis Rams.
In 2012, Kaepernick took over the quarterback position because of an injury to starter Alex Smith. The Nevada product took advantage of his opportunity and led the 49ers to the Super Bowl that year. In fact, the quarterback came within one play of defeating the Baltimore Ravens for the 2012 Lombardi Trophy.
The last time Kaepernick suited up and played on an NFL field was Jan. 1, 2017. These days he is known more for his social activism, which started on the sidelines on Sundays. Kaepernick has been surrounded by controversy since he led a movement of players kneeling during the national anthem. He and many other NFL players protested police brutality and racial inequality.
Many think his activism is the primary reason why he is not currently on an NFL roster. And some think he would be a distraction. But, the quarterback has posted on social media showing he’s still looking for an opportunity to return to football. He is actively keeping in shape and practicing on his own in case any NFL teams call for his services.
[H/T FOX Business]