Prince George's Co. school board members ask Redskins' leaders to sign Colin Kaepernick

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands in the bench area during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the New York Jets in Santa Clara, Calif. An arbitrator is sending Kaepernick's grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league's request to throw out the quarterback's claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

David Murray is one of seven school board members in Prince George’s County now calling for Colin Kaepernick to sign with the team.

This week, they sent out an open letter to owner Daniel Snyder and other leaders.

“Knowing that we have the most dire need for him, we want him signed right now,” said Murray. “He can do a lot of great work to support our schools and our county if he comes here.”

“Signing Kaepernick would send an even more powerful message today; that a person can peacefully protest for causes that they believe in and not be punished for it,” said school board members in their open letter.

“I’m so proud of the work that Colin Kaepernick has done across the country,” said school board member Ed Burroughs.

President Donald Trump has been critical of the former 49ers quarterback, who recently became the face of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign.

Kaepernick is known for kneeling during the national anthem, which he says symbolizes a protest against racism and police brutality.

Not all fans agree that Kaepernick should come to the DMV.

“Do we want to go with a guy that's familiar with my terminology who we worked out last week, or with a new guy to back up [Mark] Sanchez with a similar skill set, or go with a guy and teach basically a whole new kind of offense with a new offensive line and with a lot of those zone reads and all that stuff. Not a lot of time to really get a brand new quarterback and new system installed and taught in a couple of days of practice. He's been talked about and discussed, but we'll probably go a different direction,” said Head Coach Jay Gruden last Tuesday.

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