Out of all of the things that happened this weekend in college football, this is one that should add a bit of levity to a national hot-button issue but probably won’t for most.
Before Colin Kaepernick became THE lightning rod of all lightning rods in the NFL, he was a quarterback at Nevada. And, as the starting quarterback at Nevada, he faced Boise State four times.
The first three games resulted in losses for the Wolf Pack; the last, in late-November of 2010, was an overtime win that snapped the No. 3 Broncos’ 24-game winning streak and ruined their Mountain West rival’s BCS title hopes. It was a crushing and unexpected blow for the Little Program That Could, as well as its fans.
While that loss was nearly seven years ago, it still doesn’t sit well with a Broncos’ fan base that clearly has a very good and extensive memory.
Very well-played, sir.
In doing some digging on the Kaepernick-Boise connection, though, there’s this somewhat ironic quote from a player — who some say is being blackballed for his sitting/kneeling during the national anthem last season being turned into an NFL-wide movement this year — when he was asked how he dealt with the late-game stress in 2010, which included two missed field goals by the Broncos that could’ve potentially won the game.
“To be honest, I was on a knee on the sideline praying, hoping we’d get another shot.”