Four years after launching the protest movement that effectively ended his career, the verdict is in.
Colin Kaepernick took a knee on the right side of history.
From being widely vilified for kneeling during the US national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback now stands vindicated.
The surging currents which have carried the Black Lives Matter movement into the mainstream of American life have also forced many of Kaepernick’s critics to reverse course.
Across the NFL, players hitherto leery of speaking out are now stating their determination to kneel in solidarity with Kaepernick this season.
At the pinnacle of the NFL, Commissioner Roger Goodell has encouraged teams to consider hiring Kaepernick, admitting that the league botched its initial response to the quarterback’s protests.
And even President Donald Trump, who once suggested Kaepernick should “find a country that works better for him” and that players taking a knee were “sons of bitches” who should be fired, now believes the quarterback should “absolutely” be given anther chance in the NFL.
So will the clamour to see Kaepernick restored to the NFL lead to a comeback? The jury remains out.
While there is undeniable momentum for a Kaepernick resurrection, a return may not be as straightforward as it seems.