Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, has garnered more attention this year than any other pro footballer without making a significant impact on the football field.
Kaepernick’s poignant protests have caused a national outrage but have also been welcomed by the liberals.
The 28-year-old’s stubborn protest has transcended beyond the NFL, with many players in the NBA and other sporing leagues planning to take a leaf out his book.
But in the eyes of many of Kaepernick’s peers, he’s just a reserve quarterback getting paid more than he’s worth.
Regardless of the split opinion, it seems like the fans aren’t appreciative of Kaepernick.
Colin Kaepernick despised by Americans…
In a recent poll conducted by E-Poll Marketing Research, Kaepernick was voted as the most disliked player in the NFL.
The conductors of the poll quipped 1,1000 people whose demographics were representative of the general, football-watching population.
According to the poll results, Kaepernick was “disliked a lot” by 29 per cent of the voters.
Funny enough, Kaepernick was “disliked a lot” by only 6 per cent of the population when the poll was previously conducted in in August 2014.
According to ESPN, Kaepernick topped the dislike category ahead of Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (22 percent), Dolphins defensive end Ndamukong Suh (21 percent), Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (13 percent) and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (10 percent).
Brady, a four-time Super Bowl champion, has topped many of these lists before.
But it seems like Kaepernick is now the player everyone loves to hate.
However, Kaepernick’s decision to protest the national anthem, viewed as an unpatriotic act by many, has obviously changed public opinion.
Incidentally, Kaepernick’s jersey became the best-selling jersey in the NFL during the beginning of September due to the protests.
“Jersey sales represents a metric which shows how he has inspired a number of people who show support by opening up their wallet. There is no counter-metric that you can use for those who he has alienated or had never heard of him before, other than the sentiment we measured,” revealed Gerry Philpott of E-Poll.
Colin Kaepernick is unlikely to survive as a member of the Niners entering the 2017-18 season.