As all 32 NFL teams prepare for the upcoming season, the average team is carrying five quarterbacks on its training camp roster. That is 160 NFL quarterbacks. Not on that list is a former All-Pro, Super Bowl quarterback in the prime of his career. Colin Kaepernick, the man who refused to stand for the national anthem in last year’s games, is that player. Guess which all-time great is praying for Kaepernick every day?
The 42-year-old former linebacker who played 17 years for the Baltimore Ravens, revealed his prayers for Kaepernick, whose season-long protest last year was in response to his perceived brutality of police officers against black Americans.
Lewis stated on Twitter, “While a bunch of people are talking about this man, Kaep let me tell you something, brother. I pray for you more than you can imagine. Your name is in my Bible. I pray that God gives you the vision . . . I applaud you for the things that you stood up for.”
On a local Fox sports show, Lewis said that he disagreed with the way Kaepernick decided to kneel instead of stand during the national anthem. But more important, Lewis contended, is whether or not the QB could help his team win games. Lewis seems to think the Ravens should consider signing Kaepernick.
“What I’m asking us to do as an organization is let’s make a real decision,” he said. “If we’re going to do it, do it. But if we’re going to do it make sure we know why we’re doing it, and hopefully it’s to win.”
Lewis received a lot of criticism on social media for his comments, and he admitted that people were contacting him to voice their disapproval. None of this has deterred Lewis, who is an outspoken Christian.
Encouraging the former 49ers star to continue his pursuit to play in the NFL, Lewis tweeted, “I wish you the best in life. I hope you chase whatever God got for you to chase. And once again, I applaud what you stood up for because I’m in the streets every day.” Lewis concluded, “If people really want to help you they’ll pray for you, brother.”
While it’s not clear what the future holds for Colin Kaepernick, he clearly has one future Hall-of-Famer in his corner. More importantly, he has God in his corner. While I disagreed with his sitting out the national anthem, and would have a hard time getting beyond that to cheer for his team, I support his right to protest and express himself.
Last season, for 16 Sundays, while everyone else was standing for the national anthem, Colin Kaepernick knelt on one knee. I join Ray Lewis in praying for him. But I’ll take it a bit further. My prayer is that a Sunday football game isn’t the only place where Kaepernick takes a knee.