Colin Kaepernick today (October 16) made his return to the football field after an injury kept him on the sidelines, and much like his protest movement, the quarterback was met with a mixed reaction from fans.
When he showed up to the stadium boldly rocking a Muhammad Ali t-shirt, the 49ers QB was greeted with both applause and criticism, much like he has been experiencing all summer, being at the center of a national discussion surrounding equality.
During his return to the field, Kaepernick had some rusty moments, such as not committing a single turnover. However, he did throw his first touchdown pass since October 18, 2015, almost a year to the date, as well as threw for 187 yards and ran eight times for 66 yards.
While the 49ers lost to the Bills 45-16, judging from Kaepernick's history in the game, he's going to warm up in no time and get back to where he left off after his lengthy hiatus.
Off the field, fans continued to discuss the player's peaceful and controversial protest, with some carrying signs in support of his actions, while other people in attendance had t-shirts available for sale showing a target on Kaepernick's chest, calling him a "notorious disgrace to America."
Like it or not, he's back!
Check out Kaepernick executing his first touchdown throw in the video below, as well as take a look at some of the mixed reactions fans had today regarding his return.
Video: Colin Kaepernick on Bills fans taunts pic.twitter.com/VedaY9hPX6— Cam Inman (@CamInman) October 16, 2016
Shirts with a rifle scope trained on Colin Kaepernick selling for $10 outside of Ralph Wilson stadium. pic.twitter.com/bSuxF3G5qq— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) October 16, 2016
Shoutouts to @Kaepernick7— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) October 16, 2016
Colin Kaepernick almost threw the worst INT I've ever seen live— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) October 16, 2016
Whoa! Colin Kaepernick throws TD pass. Okay! Okay!— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) October 16, 2016
Colin Kaepernick is the 49ers new startin' quarterback. There's a 1776% chance they'll lose, because Kap will just take a knee every play.— Cloyd Rivers (@CloydRivers) October 16, 2016
Colin Kaepernick is back 😁🤗— Glory 👑 (@GloriRivera8) October 16, 2016
We're probably fortunate that Colin Kaepernick's first game back starting is in Canada.— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) October 16, 2016
Colin Kaepernick should protest ever being the starting option for an NFL team ever again, have a nice long flight back to San Fran pal ✌🏼️— Joe Fanara™ (@Joey_Canoli) October 16, 2016
(Photo: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)