Colin Kaepernick unexpectedly led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013 (following success in the 2012 season), in an example of how the best of the public is superior to the experts and experts' favorites. He then led the 49ers again in the following season to the NFC title game in January 2014.
In 2016, Colin Kaepernick started a political controversy of kneeling for the national anthem that is played before football games, in which players of his own team, the whole Miami Dolphins team, and even Brandon Marshall from the Denver Broncos joined him in doing so. Not only that but players from the Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans raised right arms in the air as a symbol of "black power", which was ultimately traced back to Kaepernick. The NFL did not take action against these protests.
Additionally, in 2017, players from every team in the NFL except for the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, and Dallas Cowboys (who knelt before the anthem but all stood up once it came on) have protested against the national anthem after Donald Trump said that if he were the team's owner, he would fire anyone who knelt. The league's commissioner, Roger Goodell, still hasn't taken action against the protests.
- "Colin Kaepernick explains why he sat during national anthem", NFL.com, Aug 27, 2016.