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Odds Say Colin Kaepernick Won’t Be Mentioned Once During Super Bowl Broadcast

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Will Colin Kaepernick's name come up during the broadcast of Super Bowl LIV? Photo by KA Sports Photos (Wikimedia).
  • Colin Kaepernick had a private workout in front of eight NFL teams in November 2019
  • Kaepernick was the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback the last time they played in the Super Bowl
  • Expect the broadcast to mention Kaepernick as they’ll probably reference each team’s Super Bowl history

The San Francisco 49ers are back in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2012 when they lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens. The 49ers quarterback in that game was Colin Kaepernick, who has since turned into an activist and a controversial figure. A prop has been posted on his name being mentioned during the broadcast of Super Bowl LIV. Let’s take a closer look.

Odds Colin Kaepernick’s Name Mentioned During Super Bowl LIV Broadcast

Outcome Odds at BetOnline
No -150
Yes -110

Odds taken Jan. 21

Kaepernick Hasn’t Been Mentioned in NFL Circles Since Workout

Kaepernick has felt that he’s been blackballed by the NFL for kneeling during the singing of the national anthem. The reality is that there is probably some truth to it for two reasons: a lot of owners and fans were insulted by his protest and secondly, a number of worse quarterbacks have gotten jobs over him.

At the same time, Kaepernick was a borderline starter when we last saw him play and he hasn’t really wanted to take a role as a backup with any team – at least originally – so that has also worked against him. He also sued the league, which was not something that helped bridge the gap between the sides.

The league did invite him to a workout in November at the Atlanta Falcons training facility in the hopes that he could showcase his skills and get back in the NFL. At the last minute, Kaepernick decided to move the location to a high school because he wanted to be able to film his workout. The league did not let him do that.

At any rate, the workout was just OK and the mess that was created – regardless of whose fault it was – reinforced that he’s still more of a headache than he’s worth – especially since he couldn’t just get through a private workout without any drama.

In terms of this prop, that was the last time that we heard about Kaepernick on broadcasts as his workout session was a big topic of conversation on hot take shows and NFL broadcasts in late November.

Will Kaepernick Be Mentioned During the Super Bowl LIV Broadcast?

As controversial as Kaepernick might be, I would still expect him to be mentioned during the Super Bowl LIV broadcast. The -110 on the ‘Yes’ seems like a fairly logical bet.

The reason for it is because the broadcast is likely to talk about the last time each of the teams were in the Super Bowl and their franchise history in the championship game. While the Chiefs have never played in the Super Bowl since the merger in 1970, the 49ers have six times, going 5-1 in those games.

More importantly, the last time the 49ers were in the Super Bowl, Kaepernick was the quarterback who led them there. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a mini highlight package that shows how the 49ers lost the game to the Ravens with a mention of Kaepernick’s misfire into the end zone at the end of the game.

As you might recall, the 49ers lost 34-31 but got stuck on the Ravens seven-yard line to end the game with Kaepernick failing to get the ball to Michael Crabtree in the end zone on fourth down. These are all key historical moments in the team’s last visit to the Super Bowl, so mentioning Kaepernick makes sense from that regard.

That being the case, I’d expect he gets a mention. I don’t think they’ll be talking extensively about his activism but given he’s a part of the team’s championship history, he should be mentioned on Super Bowl Sunday.

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