Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre said Sunday that he believes Colin Kaepernick will reach a “hero status” in football similar to that of Pat Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinals player who left the NFL to serve in the U.S. Army after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Favre was interviewed by TMZ Sports and asked if Kaepernick had reached the level and stature of other sport figures such as Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson.
“I can only think of, off the top of my head, Pat Tillman’s another guy who did something similar and we regard him as a hero,” Favre said. “I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.”
Tillman, 27, was killed in 2004 by friendly fire while serving in Afghanistan. He turned down a contract from the Cardinals to enlist.
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since 2016 when he started kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice in the United States.
He spent six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and led them to a Super Bowl, but has not been given an opportunity to sign with another team despite his desire to play again.