But why the sudden surge in interest in Kaepernick? The NFL included an advertisement during the game focused on its Inspire Change campaign. According to the organization, it started that campaign in 2020 to promote social justice. To do so, the NFL reportedly pledged a “quarter of a billion dollars” over the next decade.
The ad included imagery of national protests from 2020 as well as efforts players made during the season to promote social justice. Additionally, the ad reminded audiences of Kaepernick as a result. The quarterback played six seasons for the San Francisco 49ers. But he’s currently a free agent.
Kaepernick rose to prominence in 2016 for kneeling during the National Anthem as a form of protest. He said he was protesting “racial injustice” in the country. His name soon started trending after the commercial.
Several celebrities tweeted about the athlete including Mariah Carey and John Cusack.
On Twitter, Cusack wrote, “nfl says it’s giving 250 million to combat systemic rascism – Hmm- how about letting Colin Kaepernick back into the league ?”
Tom Brady Wins the Super Bowl
Besides Kaepernick, another quarterback started trending on social media for a different reason. Fans celebrated Tom Brady picking up his seventh Super Bowl ring of his long and successful career. The quarterback led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a dominant show of force.
Brady and wide-receiver Rob Gronkowski proved once again why they are one of the deadliest duos in the NFL. The Kansas City Chiefs sputtered and choked, failing to find any ground. Several costly mental errors and penalties broadened the lead. But Brady was as calm and as assured as ever as quarterback. The Buccaneers beat the Chiefs, 31 to 9.
Some expected Brady to retire after winning. He is 43 and would be pushing his mid-40s next season. What better time to go out than on top? But the quarterback promised that he would be back next season to chase another Super Bowl for Tampa. He doesn’t appear to be going anywhere.