Colin Kaepernick Added to 'Madden NFL 21'

The former San Francisco 49er star QB will be a free agent, marking the first time since 2016 he has been included in the game.

Colin Kaepernick is now available to play in Madden NFL 21, EA Sports announced on Tuesday.

The former San Francisco 49er star QB will be a free agent, marking the first time since 2016 Kaepernick has been in the game.

“Colin Kaepernick is one of the top free agents in football and a starting-caliber quarterback. The team at EA Sports, along with millions of Madden NFL fans, want to see him back in our game," EA said in a statement. “Knowing that our EA Sports experiences are platforms for players to create, we want to make Madden NFL a place that reflects Colin’s position and talent, rates him as a starting QB, and empowers our fans to express their hopes for the future of football. We’ve worked with Colin to make this possible, and we’re excited to bring it to all of you today.”

Kaepernick was blackballed from the NFL after being the first player to kneel during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality and police brutality toward people of color. Since that time, he has become a prominent activist.

Following the May 25 killing of George Floyd — and the protests and conversations around the globe his death sparked — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league was wrong when it demanded players stand for the anthem. He also encouraged a team to sign Kaepernick.