Colin Kaepernick Has a Higher Madden Rating than Half the NFL Starting Quarterbacks

EA Sports announced today that Colin Kaepernick will be featured in Madden 21 for the first time since 2016. Kaepernick has an 81 overall rating. Not having played the game in well over a decade, I had no idea what that means, but as NFL pundit Dov Kleiman noted on Twitter, it’s better than half the league’s starting quarterbacks. Here are the people he’s ahead of, and their ratings:

  • Tyrod Taylor: 69
  • Dwayne Haskins: 70
  • Gardner Minshew: 70
  • Drew Lock: 70
  • Mitchell Trubisky: 72
  • Daniel Jones: 72
  • Sam Darnold: 73
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick: 74
  • Teddy Bridgewater: 75
  • Joe Burrow: 76
  • Jared Goff: 76
  • Kyler Murray : 77
  • Josh Allen: 77
  • Cam Newton: 78
  • Derek Carr: 79
  • Ryan Tannehill: 80

Ben Roethlisberger is tied with Kaepernick at an 81 rating.

Look: I have no issue with Kaepernick being included in the game. I think he’s better even today than a lot of the league’s backups and maybe even a few of the starters. I’m a Packers fan and was very aggravated in 2017 when they wouldn’t explore signing him after Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone, stubbornly choosing instead to submarine their season with Brett Hundley. I’ll probably go to my grave with the unprovable opinion that he could have salvaged a playoff berth for them that season.

But it’s insane to say he would be an above average starter in the NFL, today, after missing the last three full seasons. This is pure pandering for attention on the part of EA Sports, and to a certain extent we’re giving them the attention that they want by running a post about the absurdity of it all.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. I read something on NPR or another site a few years back where a female “journalist” called Kaepernick the “Best Quarterback in the NFL” and the premise of her story was that only a racist organization would blackball their best player. There was no way of responding to the author, but had I been able to, I would of tried to help her understand football a little better. Kaepernick was a fringe starter his last two years in the league, and was offered a contract by multiple teams to earn what a fringe starter gets paid, but instead of taking that like a man he decided to play the racial grievance card. Seems to have worked out pretty well for him. He’s making more money as an SJW than he could as a football player.

  2. Blaine Gabbert better be an 82 then, because that’s who he got benched for. It’s not like this guy had his career ripped away from him. He was given every opportunity, given a huge contract, didn’t adjust, lost the respect of his teammates, and simply began to “suck”. He went 11-24 after the super bowl, found himself consistently at the bottom of QBs in terms of completion % and rating, and his teammates we’re done with him. Here’s what Jay Glazer reported in late 2015 when he got benched for Gabbert.

    “Support for Kaepernick within the Niners locker room began to wane significantly after a Week 7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
    “His confidence is completely shot,” Glazer said. “It’s not that [the players] don’t like him. But he’s just alone, on an island in that locker room. There’s not a lot of people he connects with. Confidence-wise, he’s just buried right now.”

    As reports of locker-room discord continued to pour in, 49ers legend Jerry Rice suggested a temporary benching might serve Kaepernick and the team well“


    • He had a couple of great seasons, but defenses caught up to him, and forced him into uncomfortable positions and he wasn’t able to adapt and overcome those hurdles. That’s what separates him from Russell Wilson. It wasn’t that long ago that Kapernick was widely considered the best QB in that division and Russell was trying to prove himself, that all literally changed in 1 season. From there Kapernick got hooked up with Miss. Black panther usa feminize, and stopped eating meat, lost 20 lbs of muscle and fell of a cliff production wise. After a few lost seasons he re-emerged as a backup caliber starter, who no longer had defenses building ways to stop him. At that point he put up slightly better than pedestrian numbers (20 TD’s, 8 or 9 picks per season) and was a serviceable but non spectacular runner. Essentially Alex Smith without the good attitude and work ethic that Alex has.

      The problem is, most of the pro-kapernick crowd either have no idea that he massively regressed as a player, or they choose to ignore it and fight on the lie that he was still a superstar when he got cut.

      • This pretty much sums it up prior to his last gasp effort to garner attention by sitting on the bench for the National Anthem. Can you blame him for being upset? He got beat out by Blaine Gabbert. He did it to himself by heeding feminist rhetoric and becoming a literal soy boy.

        • Yep, and I think feminism and soy beans aside, he was playing on borrowed time in the NFL. There are only about a dozen truly elite QB’s in the NFL, and what separates them from the other guys is intellect and work ethic. Needless to say CK was never going to enter that exclusive club, due to his lack of both. Neither will Cam Newton or Baker Mayfield.

  3. Colin Kaepernick is to the NFL as:

    a) The US women’s soccer team is to teenage boy club teams.
    b) Joe Biden is to mental acuity.
    c) Kevin Warren is to college sports conference commissioners.
    d) All of the above.

    The correct answer is d) All of the above.

  4. No one wants this phony clown on their team nothing but a race hustler he made his choice disrespecting our flag and country putting pigs on his socks disrespecting our police. And Jeremy i like your comment about the author spot on lol

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