Happy birthday Colin Kaepernick! Although fans probably wish the free agent quarterback could be celebrating in happier circumstances. Kaepernick recently lost another opportunity to return to the NFL after the Houston Texans lost its star quarterback Deshaun Watson for the season. The rookie QB tore his ACL during practice on Thursday, Nov. 2. The Texans opted to sign Matt McGloin as his replacement.
A Houston Chronicle reporter was one of the journalists who tweeted the news about the former Penn State Nittany Lions starting quarterback from an NFL source.
Texans signing quarterback Matt McGloin, according to a league source
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) November 2, 2017
Another sports reporter noted the Texans didn’t ask about Kaepernick at all.
Texans did not place a call or make an inquiry of any sort to Colin Kaepernick. Signbing McGloin without any approach to him
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 2, 2017
As a result, a debate emerged over whether or not the team, owned by Bob McNair — whose comments about inmates running the prison stirred controversy last month — should have signed Kaepernick.
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Some voiced disappointment about the star losing out on joining the team.
Genuinely can't see how Kaepernick ISN'T a collusion victim. T.J Yates just got signed. Matt McGloin is employed. Ridiculous.
— Fred Stanley (@fredjstanley) November 3, 2017
Can anyone possibly believe these 3 give the Texans a better chance to save their season than Colin Kaepernick? https://t.co/412luRuqvY
— Bill Shea (@Bill_Shea19) November 3, 2017
Still, many didn’t think the former 49er had a chance.
The idea of Bob McNair signing off on Kaepernick is hilarious. Better shot he tries to woo Warren Moon out of retirement. https://t.co/6Aibz6jC9X
— nick wright (@getnickwright) November 2, 2017
One just straight up said fans weren’t upset about the matter.
No we are not….
— Will. Power (@KIR_bigg50) November 3, 2017
And a couple poked fun at McNair’s choice not to sign the activist.
Texans fans: Mr. McNair we need a QB fast, how about Kaepernick, he’s a good option?
Bob McNair: pic.twitter.com/WcY9RTOmeo
— Fimihan Oshin (@olafimihanoshin) November 2, 2017
Texans owner looking for an excuse to not sign Colin Kaepernick pic.twitter.com/Q92DF8J3Af
— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) November 2, 2017
And on this 30th birthday, one person acknowledged that getting signed is one present Kaepernick won’t receive.
Colin Kaepernick turns 30 today: Kappy won't get any presents; because the ones he should get are all going to less talented Qb's.
— Cubb Carson (@CamCarson16) November 3, 2017
However, his supporters and some celebs still celebrated his life and activism.
A smile captured and returned. Wishing you many more, brother. And many more strong years to come. Happiest of birthdays, @Kaepernick7. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/qJfSdceChT
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 3, 2017
Happy birthday Colin Kaepernick one great black leader 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/FNo8Zx12Gc
— Javi-does (@grand_dinero) November 3, 2017
Happy birthday Colin Kaepernick!✊🏾🤴🏾you’re amongst the greats of King, Davis, X, & so many black leaders that have come before this time.
— 🌊🌍Thee Avatar 🔥🌪 (@_KingBacon) November 3, 2017
Happy birthday @Kaepernick7. There has never been a 30 year old qb with his resume and without injury who went unsigned. You can look it up. pic.twitter.com/KZih6xmRbh
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) November 3, 2017
happy birthday to Colin Kaepernick!
keep fighting Kaep, keep fighting! (@Kaepernick7) #BlackExcellence ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/b2n5kQzCz2
— Four Verts 🏈 (@FourVerticals_) November 3, 2017
Happy Birthday to Colin Kaepernick !! ✊🏿✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/GQOShy1BW1
— Ave (@SebastianAvenue) November 3, 2017