Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY
Published 10:05 a.m. ET June 9, 2020 | Updated 11:50 a.m. ET June 9, 2020
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For three seasons (2014-16), Carlos Hyde lined up next to or behind Colin Kaepernick in the San Francisco 49ers backfield.
Hyde, 29, is now with the Seattle Seahawks on a one-year deal. But the running back believes his former quarterback and teammate belongs back in the NFL.
When asked Monday about what the league can do to prove a commitment to making , Hyde said a team signing Kaepernick would be the ideal starting place for the moment.
“I think the NFL can start by signing Kaep back,” Hyde told reporters on a video conference call. “I think if they sign Kap back, that’ll show that they’re really trying to move in a different direction. Because Kap was making a statement four years ago about what’s going on in today’s world and the NFL didn’t bother to listen to him then, so I think they should start by doing that. After that, I’m not really sure what the NFL can do.”
Hyde admitted that while he supported Kaepernick’s peaceful protest of racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling four years ago during the national anthem, he did not fully grasp the magnitude of the action because his priorities remained on football.
Kaepernick has remained unsigned since March 2017.
In response to a video put out by several notable NFL players, Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a recorded statement in which the league admitted “we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier.” Goodell did not, however, acknowledge Kaepernick in the video.
Hyde also discussed his upbringing in Cincinnati, Ohio, and how he was fortunate to escape the poverty by moving to his grandmother’s in Florida when he was 14.
“I can’t really give you a good answer on what the NFL needs to do,” he said. “The racism in this world is deep-rooted. I don’t think the NFL is going to change anything, but personally I really don’t know. I just know they can sign Kaep.”