Joe Montana, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, made his feelings clear on Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment at a promotional event this week.
“Everyone thinks it is the stance he took,” Montana told the Sporting News. “One of the things you don’t look for is distractions in the locker room. You can go back to Bill Walsh and as soon as there were guys that weren’t fitting in what he was looking for, it didn’t matter how good you were. You weren’t on the team for very long. You have to have people who want the same thing, fighting for the same thing and willing to put in the time.”
Montana last played for the 49ers in 1992, a time when some players took offseason jobs to supplement their income. Were those players not “willing to put in the time?”
While Montana has appeared at 49ers events in recent years, he was hardly entrenched in the team locker room last season. Those that were tell a different story. Chip Kelly shot back at a reporter who insinuated Kaepernick was a distraction. A 49ers assistant coach reiterated to me throughout last season that Kaepernick was not a distraction. And the quarterback was voted “Most Inspirational” by his teammates.
Maybe in Montana’s era any player not eating the same cut of meat was considered a distraction but in the modern NFL priorities are much simpler. Former NFL offensive lineman George Foster put it best.
Locker rooms don’t care about a ton of stuff that outsiders think they care about. Dude’s wanna 1)play 2)win 3)get paid. The order will vary
— FOST (@GeorgeFoster72) July 11, 2017