I spent some time with Curry a couple of hours before kickoff and asked his prediction for the 2017 Panthers season. “I’m going to say 12-4,” Curry said. “I hope that means a first-round bye in the playoffs.”
Said Curry of Kaepernick: “He definitely should be in the NFL. If you’ve been around the NFL, the top 64 quarterbacks, and he’s not one of them? Then I don’t know what game I’m watching. Obviously his stance and his peaceful protest when he was playing here kind of shook up the world,” Curry said, “and I think for the better. But hopefully he gets back in the league – because he deserves to be here and he deserves an opportunity to play. He’s in his prime and can make a team better.”
Rajon Rondo hung out with some of the New Orleans Saints this summer, and on Wednesday he shared video from their practice facility. The Pelicans guard either went back this week or this is from last month. In it, Rondo throws a football and then Drew Brees responds by losing his mind. He shouts about how he has never seen this before.
Aaron Rodgers has said he envies the NBA’s culture, which enables athletes to speak more freely about social issues. “The guys who are most vocal in the NBA are the best players,” he says. When I point out that he obviously falls into that category for the NFL, he says he believes that he can say what he wants but that it has to feel “authentic.” He mentions that he’s interested in taking on a role in the players’ union (he used to be a players’ rep), leveraging his unique position to strengthen their cause.