Colin Cowherd reacts to Aaron Rodgers speaking out about Colin Kaepernick’s protest

Colin Cowherd explains why being talented isn't always the most important factor in getting a job - even in the NFL.

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- When you're like, when you're like 20 years old, I was much more idealistic. I've got talent, therefore I'm going to get the job. But that's not the way the world works unless you're like Jamie-Foxx talented or Aaron-Rodgers talented or Howard-Stern talented or you know, whoever, Elon-Musk talented. For the rest of us, sometimes we have to, ick, suck up, comply, bite our tongue, not join in on heated conversations, play by stupid antiquated rules, yeah, sacrifice.

When you're 20 years old, of course, you think it's all about talent when it comes to employment. That's adorable. But it's not. And despite what your mommy says, you're not Mark Zuckerberg. And you're not going to be Aaron Rodgers.

Aaron Rodgers, speaking of him, and he's talking a lot lately. And I love it. I think quarterbacks should talk and have strong stand. And I love that Aaron Rodgers now is having comments all over the place. And he's usually very smart.

He has two comments about Colin Kaepernick. He says first, "I think he should be on a roster right now. I think because of his protests, he's not." Aaron and I totally agree on this. I do think the protests have hurt him.

The second quote is, "I think he's one of the best 64 quarterbacks right now. So I'm surprised he's not in a roster." That's where Aaron and I disagree. I do think he's one of the best 64 quarterbacks too. But I'm not surprised that he is not on a roster because when has talent been the be-all, end-all of you getting hired?

Remember, even if you're pretty talented or really talented in Hollywood-- Val Kilmer, Katherine Heigl, Mel Gibson, Jane Fonda could not get work. You have to be super talented. Steven Spielberg, Justin Timberlake, Hanks, Denzel-- they always get work.

Let's just talk quarterbacks for a second. You do realize I've talked to many NFL players, in fact one this week on the air, Seth Joyner. Said Jeff George, not John Elway, was the most talented arm in league history. They ran Jeff George out of the league. RG3 is one of the 64 most talented quarterbacks in the NFL. He's out of work, viewed as a diva. Jeff George was viewed as a jerk.

Jay Cutler had to come to Fox. He's one of the 15 to 18 most talented quarterbacks. Nobody wanted him. He has 220 career touchdown passes. Kaepernick has 72. But Cutler was viewed as difficult until a desperate Miami team, who thankfully had a coach who'd worked well with Cutler, signed him.

Yes, a protest from a marginal quarterback has major influence. He's just viewed as too damn newsworthy. And folks, this has always been overlooked because it's an inflammatory, strong opinion-- some say divisive story-- with Colin Kaepernick. I think his cause is right on, racial inequality. But this is also an employment story, where a marginal talent is seeking employment.

And so, like all of us who are not Aaron Rodgers and Howard Stern and Elon Musk and Steven Spielberg, sometimes gotta suck up, gotta be apolitical. By the way, Tim Tebow had a winning record. Nobody wanted him, too newsworthy. Were they atheists? Are people racists for RG3? Were they anti-big, hairy mustache for not signing Jeff George?

Go to Hollywood. Mel Gibson, Jane Fonda, Val Kilmer, Katherine Heigl, Mickey Rourke-- really talented. Didn't play the game. This is an employment story to a large degree.

And I absolutely believe Aaron Rodgers' first quote. Put it up again. "I think because of the protests Colin Kaepernick is out of the league." I totally agree with Aaron Rodgers.

But in his second quote he says, "I think he's one of the best 64 quarterbacks. So I'm surprised he's not in the roster." I am not because Cutler, RG3, and I kind of think even Johnny Manziel-- they're also one of the 64 most talented quarterbacks.

But I have found something in my lifetime, that unless you're a world-class, can't-deny visionary, there's always different rules for Aaron Rodgers. There's always different rules for Elon Musk. And there always has been and there always will be.

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