Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick were teammates on the San Francisco 49ers. Several years later, Smith is still in the NFL, hoping to find a team for the 2021 season, while Kaepernick hasn't played professionally in years.
Smith continues to be upset with Kaepernick's absence from the National Football League.
"It still doesn't make sense," the longtime NFL quarterback told NFL Network's Kyle Brandt on his The Ringer podcast.
Smith and Kaepernick were teammates on the 49ers when San Francisco made a run to the Super Bowl in 2012.
"The run that he went on, at the end of that last year that we were together [in 2012] and went to the Super Bowl ... was so crazy to watch," Smith said. "Truly one of the historic runs in football to see what he was doing."
Smith added that it's unfair for Kaepernick to have been out of the NFL for this long.
"The country wasn't ready. Nobody was ready for it. And, he's sitting there trying to tell everybody through a completely peaceful manner about some of the things going on in this country and that have been going on for a long time," Smith said of Kaepernick kneeling.
"And, to see the backlash that happened, yeah, it hurts. It hurts looking back at it that the country wasn't ready for it and he suffered the repercussions."