Kaepernick and ESPN agreed to a deal that will see the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback work closely with The Undefeated, an ESPN branch dedicated to the intersection of sports and culture. The partnership will shine a spotlight on scripted and unscripted stories that explore race, social injustice, and the pursuit of equity. The Kaepernick docuseries is the first project being developed.
"I am excited to announce this historic partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and brown directors, creators, storytellers, and producers, and to inspire the youth with compelling and authentic perspectives," Kaepernick stated. "I look forward to sharing the docuseries on my life story, in addition to many other culturally impactful projects we are developing."
Kaepernick last played in the NFL in 2016, the year he began protesting systemic racism and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. He led the 49ers to an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII four year earlier.
"Colin has had a singular path as both an athlete and an activist, and, as the nation continues to confront racism and social injustice, it feels particularly relevant to hear Colin's voice on his evolution and motivations," said ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro.
At the request of Kaepernick, former ESPN broadcaster Jamele Hill will be a producer on the project.
Previously, Netflix announced it was collaborating with Kaepernick on a scripted series about his teen years.