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Why this team’s fans are petitioning for Kaepernick to fill in for injured star

Taking a knee: How Colin Kaepernick started an NFL movement

It all started with sitting down during the anthem, which no one noticed at first. Here's how quarterback Colin Kaepernick's anthem protest turned into a pivotal movement for the NFL and its players.
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It all started with sitting down during the anthem, which no one noticed at first. Here's how quarterback Colin Kaepernick's anthem protest turned into a pivotal movement for the NFL and its players.

With two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers likely out for the season, some Green Bay Packers fans want a Wisconsin-born quarterback to fill in.

A petition has been started online to ask the team to sign Colin Kaepernick, the former 49er who has not been offered an NFL contract since leaving San Francisco in March. Although Kaepernick led the team to just one victory last season, it’s widely believed his anthem protests, which he started to draw attention to social injustice, are a big reason he’s not on a roster.

Tracey Corder of Oakland started the petition on Change.org, with the Packers and the NFL as the target audiences. Rodgers had his collarbone broken this past Sunday during a 23-10 loss at Minnesota.

“Aaron Rodgers is possibly out for the rest of the season but there’s a Wisconsin-born QB who should be on our team!” Corder wrote on the petition. “(Let’s make) sure the organization know we support Kaepernick to the Packers!”

The page is seeking 15,000 signatures. As of 5 p.m. Pacific time, 13,241 people have put their names on the list.

However, with Kaepernick filing a grievance against the NFL claiming collusion, it’s highly unlikely any team will sign the former Nevada star.

Kaepernick, who was born in Milwaukee, should be well known by Packers fans because he’s had some of his best games against the team. He’s beaten them twice in the playoffs and, in the 2013 season opener, Kaepernick threw for a career-high 412 yards to go with three touchdowns in a 34-28 victory at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field. Overall, Kaepernick is 4-1 against Green Bay in his career.

In Rodgers’ absence, the Packers are being led by second-year Brett Hundley, who’s slated to make his first NFL start Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Hundley has appeared in six games, with the only significant time coming this past weekend due to Rodgers’ injury. Joe Callahan comes off the practice squad as Hundley’s backup.

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