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Colin Kaepernick Quotes

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Colin Kaepernick quoteshair are some lines from the QB slash activist.  (See what I did there?)

“Believe in something.  Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

“You are important.  You make a difference.  This matters, everything you do matters.”

“If you’re going to do something, you’re going to do it to be the best.”

“You’re going to hurt, yes.  You’re going to have tweaks and problems.  But… you can play through those.”

“If intimidation is your game plan, I hope you have a better one.”

“If you work hard and perform well, it doesn’t matter whether you’re 20 or 40.  People are going to follow, and you can go in there and run the show.”

“I’m going out to play, and to play to win.”

“I’m still trying to improve.  Everything I can do to improve every part of my game – I’m going to do it.”

“I’ll never take the easy way out.”

“I have a very high expectation for everything I do.”

“It’s not really pressure, unless you’re not prepared.  Pressure comes from a lack of preparation.  I don’t believe in pressure.  The pressure is not being prepared for what you want to do.”

“Sometimes, when things are going really well, I feel like I’ve already seen things – it’s the flashback feeling in a good way.  Like I’m watching a rerun, because I’ve studied this… and know what comes next.  Now, that is a good feeling, when your mind is working fast because you’ve studied, and you realize, ‘I’ve seen this before.'”

“My dad, being a businessman, constantly talked to me about carrying myself in a certain way and treating people with respect.  And I think that’s something that’s carried over throughout my life.  It’s how I deal with certain situations.”

“Seeking the truth, finding the truth, telling the truth and living the truth has been and will always be what guides my actions.”

“Most people don’t want to change.  They’re comfortable and set in their ways.  But in order to change, you have to be able to agitate people at times.  And I think that’s something that’s very necessary for us to improve as a country.”

“I have great respect for people’s right to believe what they want to believe.  And I don’t think anybody should be prosecuted or judged based on what their beliefs are.”

“If we have these real conversations that aren’t comfortable for a lot of people, there’s a better understanding of where both sides are coming from.  And if we reach common ground and can understand what everybody is going through, we can really affect change and make sure that everybody is treated equally and has the same freedoms.”

“America stands for freedom, liberty and justice for all.  And it’s not happening for all right now.”

“People can talk all they want; that doesn’t affect how I go about my business.”

“I was not going to let people tell me what I’m capable of.”

“I’m going to speak the truth when I’m asked about it.  This isn’t for look.  This isn’t for publicity or anything like that.  This is for people that don’t have the voice.”

“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed and their need to have equal opportunities to be successful.”

“As I got older my identity developed and my place in society and my understanding of that developed.”

“I’m seeing things happen to people that don’t have a voice, people that don’t have a platform to talk and have their voices heard, and affect change.  So I’m in the position where I can do that, and I’m going to do that for people that can’t.”

“Those are things I’m prepared to handle.  Things that other people might not be ready for.  It’s just a matter of where you’re at in your life.  Where your mind’s at.  At this point, I’ve been blessed to be able to get this far and have the privilege of being able to be in the NFL, making the kind of money I make and enjoy luxuries like that.”

“I can’t look in the mirror and see people dying on the street that should have the same opportunities that I’ve had.  And say, ‘You know what?  I can live with myself.’  Because I can’t if I just watch.”

“I know that I’m doing something right, I know other people see what I’m doing is right.  It’s something that we have to come together, we have to unite, we have to unify and make a change.  I know I did what’s right.  And I can live with that at the end of the day.”

“I never felt that I was supposed to be white.  Or black, either.  My parents just wanted to let me be who I needed to be.”

“My interest in fashion probably would have developed anyway.  But all this stuff made me ask myself in a really focused way: ‘What do I represent?’  And you know what?  My racial heritage is something I want people to be well aware of.  I do want to be a representative of the African community, and I want to hold myself and dress myself in a way that reflects that.  I want black kids to see me and think: ‘Okay, he’s carrying himself as a black man, and that’s how a black man should carry himself.’”

“For as long us I have a beating heart, I’ll continue to walk on this path on behalf of the people.”

“I don’t worry about people losing track of what the message is.  I’ve been true to the message.  I’m against systematic oppression.  Voting is a part of that system, and I’ve talked at length about why I believe that.”

“It’s something that – the knowledge of what’s happened in this country and what’s currently happening, I think everybody needs to know.  And when you have the knowledge of those things you can make an educated decision on what you really feel and what you really stand for.”

“Something you’re aware of being a quarterback… you have expectations, and you want to live up to those.”

“Being an NFL quarterback there’s a lot of advantages that come with it.  There are a lot of doors that open when you’re a quarterback but at the same time there’s a lot of scrutiny.  There are a lot of things you can’t do as well.”

“I don’t think I can be too hard on myself.”

“[On returning to the NFL] I’ve been ready for three years.  I’ve been denied for three years.  We all know why I came out here.  I showed it… in front of everybody.  We have nothing to hide.  Stop running from the truth.  Stop running from the people.  We’re out here.  We’re ready to play.  We’re ready to go anywhere.  I’ll interview with any team at any time.  I’ve been ready.”

“God has brought me this far.  He has laid out a phenomenal path for me.  And I can’t do anything but thank him.”

“And to the people – I see you, I hear you and I love you!  Thank you for having my back!”

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