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Colin Kaepernick Seemingly Rejects Dwayne Johnson’s Offer Despite Not Playing a Single NFL Game Since 2016: “Looked to Create Opportunity for Him”

Published 10/01/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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Dwayne Johnson has tremendous influence in the world of contact sports. Before becoming a wrestling icon, ‘The Rock’ pursued a career in American football. But unfortunately, due to a series of injuries, he chose another path. At present, Johnson is the owner of XFL, an alternative football league, and has been taking it to new heights. Following XFL’s merger with USFL, another pertinent question has emerged, there were rumblings that the franchise would acquire a bonafide star in the San Francisco 49ers’ former quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. 

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Colin Kaepernick was last seen on the field back in 2016 and hasn’t participated since then. Johnson has shed some light on what happened when his team wanted Kaepernick to be a part of XFL following the merger.

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The XFL has completed two seasons under the new ownership of Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia. On multiple occasions, they have talked about how fans have defied their expectations multiple times and how unexpected XFL’s success was. Another cherry on the cake for XFL is its apparent merger with USFL. As of September 28, 2023, the 51-year-old star took to Instagram to announce the intent of a merger between XFL and USFL. Not many details were shared by The Brahma Bull regarding the league’s new name and official date of commencement.  


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Fans flooded the comment section to accolade Johnson for the announcement. Many fans discussed how it will affect the game in general in a positive way. But one fan’s comment caught everyone’s eye, even the Hollywood star’s eye as well. One fan commented, This is where Kap should play if he wants to prove he still can”,  referring to Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. To this, Johnson gave a melancholic reply.


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He said, “We met with Kap and his agents (whom I like a lot) earlier this year. Good meeting, looked to create an opportunity for him but I don’t think it’ll happen. We’ll see”. This bitter-sweet reply declared that the 35-year-old quarterback’s return to football is still in the shadows, but there is still some hope as the Hollywood star is trying to get him on board. But the question on everyone’s mind is what is going on in Colin Kaepernick’s life?

Where is Colin Kaepernick?


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The off-season looks different for Kaepernick. The star who became a father a few months ago has kept himself busy. He is involved in various media projects, owns a publication house, and also started the “The Coin Kaepernick Foundation”. This non-profit organization aims at the betterment of black and brown youths. Along with that, he penned down a book along with Eve L. Ewing, titled “Colin Kaepernick: Change the Game”. He was also at the forefront of a Netflix autobiographical series, “Colin in Black & White”. The series depicted his journey from a high school kid to an NFL star and then an activist. The series came out in October 2021.

He started his professional football career back in 2011 with the San Francisco team. However, it came to a halt in 2016 when he decided to kneel during the national anthem. This was in protest against the incidences involving police brutality and racial injustice which occurred in the same year. Since then, he has not been a part of the NFL and has turned to activism and advocating issues related to social justice.


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Written by:

Shaikh Aerajuddin


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Shaikh Aerajuddin is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. With a Masters degree in Sports Science, Aeraj always carries a keen eye for detail and understands the various nuances of pro wrestling beyond the ring. Being a pro wrestling fan from his childhood, Aeraj now uses his analytical mind to tell a story in his articles for ES.
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