Bears’ Akiem Hicks gives poignant response about Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment
Back in 2017, the Chicago Bears drafted Mitchell Trubisky and were looking for a veteran quarterback to serve as a placeholder until Trubisky was ready to start. They could have signed Colin Kaepernick. They brought in Mike Glennon instead.
On Wednesday, Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks briefly discussed his club’s decision to roll with Glennon over Kaepernick three years ago:
“All I will say is this: we saw it. We watched how it unfolded,” Hicks said, according to Jason Lieser of The Chicago Sun-Times. “And we see that he (Kaepernick) doesn’t have a job now. This call isn’t to advocate for Kaep getting a job, but he did sacrifice his position for where he is now. His career was ended because of it, in my opinion. We signed Mike Glennon.”
As for whether or not Hicks was upset over the fact that the Bears signed Glennon, who started just four games before being usurped by Trubisky, over Kaepernick? His tone gave the answer away:
“You heard that, huh?” Hicks said when asked about the frustration in his voice. “Yeah, I said that. It was a feeling.”
Hicks went on to say that Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem in 2016—his final appearance in the NFL—is clearly the reason the signal-caller remains unemployed today.
Kaepernick spent the first six years of his career with the San Francisco 49ers, taking over as the starter midway through 2012 and leading the club to a Super Bowl appearance that season.
The 32-year-old eventually lost his starting job in 2015 when his performance dipped before winning it back a year later. But since that final season in San Francisco in 2016, Kaepernick not played a game.