Absent for 6 Years, Colin Kaepernick Still Bizarrely Holds This NFL Record Over Super Athletes Like Michael Vick

Published 07/04/2022, 11:30 AM EDT
ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 02: Colin Kaepernick interacts with fans before the Michigan spring football game at Michigan Stadium on April 2, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kaepernick was honorary captain for the game. (Photo by Jaime Crawford/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick has not played in the NFL for the last seven years. In the meantime, many exceptional quarterbacks have made a significant mark in the league. However, one record by Kaepernick is yet to be broken by any QB. In 2013, while playing for the 49ers, the QB rushed 181 yards against the Green Bay Packers.

To date, this 9-year-old record remains unmatched, let alone broken. In this attempt, Colin also scored two touchdowns. NFL veteran, Michael Vick, popularised the trend of rushing yards. Before Kaepernick, Vick held the record for most rushing yards in the game. He rushed 173 and 166 yards in 2002 and 2006, playing for the Atlanta Falcons.


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Rushing yards were not popular before the 2000s in the NFL. But Michael Vick made it look cool after he garnered a lot of success based on the game. In addition, Kaepernick’s adaption of the technique made him boisterous on the field. As a result, he still holds the record even though he has not played any games after his protest in 2016.

SEATTLE, WA – JANUARY 19: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after teammate running back Anthony Dixon #24 scores a one-yard touchdown in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Further, Kaepernick’s record might be in jeopardy. A few QBs are trying to take their game to the next level. Therefore, it is just a matter of time before someone experienced and young breaks this long-standing record.

Which QB has the potential to break the rushing yards record by Colin Kaepernick?

In 2019, Lamar Jackson came slightly close to reaching the record set by Kap. The Ravens‘ shot caller rushed 152 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals. Moreover, he is a promising starting quarterback, who is making a name for himself. Sooner or later, he will break the record set by the former 49ers‘ QB. Also, Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills is marking his name on the map.


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The Bills’ QB rushed 135 yards in 2018 against the Miami Dolphins. Even Kyler Murray showcases the potential of breaking the record as he recorded 106 rushing yards in 2020. The Super Bowl-winning QB Russell Wilson has a shot at breaking the record. In 2014 as well, he rushed 122 yards against the Redskins.

Jan 10, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter in a AFC Wild Card playoff game at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports | Reuters

As the 2022 season approaches, the young QBs are gearing themselves up for a Super Bowl win. But one question remains, can any one of them break Kaepernick’s record? It is only a matter of time until we find out if any of the above can truly break the 181-yards record in a game.


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Ayush Jha

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Ayush Jha is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He is a current graduate of the University of Delhi and has worked on publishing academic research in the past. To fulfill his enthusiasm for covering sports, he started following the NFL and developed a keen interest.