Colin Kaepernick still hasn’t returned to playing for the National Football League (NFL) (though rumors are brewing that it will happen soon), but he has joined the publishing platform Medium as a board member and to consult on content around race and prison reform, the Washington Post recently reported.
According to the article, the former quarterback, who last played with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016, will host an interview series tentatively called “Conversations with Colin”—speaking with athletes, activists and thought leaders—that will publish on Medium’s Level magazine, as well as consult on the site’s feature articles. Medium is pushing to have Kaepernick’s debut Q&A publish in the next two weeks.
“Colin is one of our social justice leaders,” Jermaine Hall, Level’s editor in chief, told The Post. “I think he’s leading the charge, and it’s based on what’s going on in the country right now. And because he’s no longer in the NFL and we’ve lost his talent on the field — hopefully he gets back there — but we’ve gained an incredibly powerful voice for the Black community who can actually effect social change.”
Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre agreed. Speaking to TMZ Sports on June 21, the legendary athlete said, “I can only think of—right off the top of my head—Pat Tillman’s another guy who did something similar, and we regard him as a hero. So I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.”