It looks like gaming giant EA SPORTS is welcoming former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick back to the field.
Kap has returned to the game after four years of riding the sidelines both virtually and IRL. Though he hasn’t made his comeback to the real-life NFL field, he is now the top free-agent quarterback in Madden 21, with an 81 overall rating, The Undefeated reports.
“Knowing that our EA SPORTS experiences are platforms for players to create, we want to make Madden NFL a place that reflects Colin’s position and talent, rates him as a starting QB, and empowers our fans to express their hopes for the future of football,” EA said in a statement Tuesday (Sept. 8). “We’ve worked with Colin to make this possible, and we’re excited to bring it to all of you today.”
Kap became an NFL free agent after the 2016 season. As a result, EA no longer had licensing rights to use the player’s likeness. However, recently, EA and Kap hashed out the particulars, including a request that Kap’s avatar rocks an afro and celebrates wins with a Black Power fist, in order to include the Nike ambassador in the new game.
As of Tuesday, users can select Kap on any team, says The Undefeated.
Colin Kaepernick will return to #Madden21 👏 @EAMaddenNFL pic.twitter.com/4Q00LVDkAb
— ESPN (@espn) September 8, 2020
Though Kap’s back (sort of), he maintains his recent partnerships with Disney and Medium and continues to dedicate his life to fighting for social justice.