[Ed. – It’s an idiotic comparison for a number of reasons. Among them is that Ali, for all his greatness in the ring, was an egotistical self-promoter who dodged the draft.]
Osi Umenyiora believes history will remember former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick like Muhammad Ali and Rosa Parks.
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the end of the 2016 season during which, as a 49ers star, he was praised and criticized for kneeling during the national anthem in protest at perceived police brutality and racial injustice.
The 30-year-old has continued this stance and, ahead of the 2018 season, is at the forefront of discussions again after becoming the face of Nike’s new advertising campaign, gaining support from the likes of LeBron James and Serena Williams.
Not all fellow athletes have supported Kaepernick, but two-time Super Bowl winner Umenyiora expects others will come to regret their approach, ranking the Nike man’s work alongside Ali, who refused to serve in the Vietnam War, and Parks, a civil rights activist.
“I think everybody against it now will look back in the future with regret,” Umenyiora told BBC Radio 5 live. “He’ll be regarded as someone that did something special. “Looking further back down the line, back in history, we’ve already seen what Muhammad Ali and Rosa Parks have done.