Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is more widely known now than he ever was when he actually played in the NFL — and he capitalizes on that fact every chance he gets.
The most recent example was earlier this week when the former quarterback, best known for kicking off national anthem kneeling protests in the NFL in 2016, filed a trademark for a black-and-white image of his face and hair.
Kaepernick’s company, Inked Flash, filed the claim, which appeared on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office official website on Wednesday.
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The logo is expected to be used on a host of different products.
The filing states that while it could be used on more traditional items such as footwear and T-shirts, its use could expand far beyond those. Potential products on the list include hair spray, jewelry, lampshades and shampoo.
In addition to the image’s appearance on products, the filing states the logo could be used in “providing classes, workshops, seminars and camps in the field of self-empowerment and awareness to properly interact with law enforcement” and with “production of television shows and films.”
The Kaepernick logo is far from the only way the political activist has cashed in since his NFL career ended.
Back in September, he became the face of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign — which included the controversial slogan “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything” displayed over an image of Kaepernick’s face.
The campaign sparked massive backlash against the company from angry conservatives.
Kaepernick also scored a $1 million book deal last year with One World, a division of Random House. And he has received a host of awards, such as Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award (given to someone whose athletic career has a positive impact on the real world), and Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award (the organization’s most prestigious human rights award).
He can make millions of dollars without taking any more blows to the head.
At this point, it seems as though Kaepernick knows his NFL career is over.
However, it might not matter to him: He can still cash in on his namesake. In fact, he seems to be in a better position now as someone who virtue-signals to the Left than he would be if he were an apolitical backup quarterback still playing in the NFL.
After all, he can make millions of dollars without taking any more blows to the head.
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Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.