Colin Kaepernick looks on during a private NFL workout Saturday at Charles Drew High School in Riverdale.

Teacher’s connection with Kaepernick helps put Clayton Schools in national spotlight

It may be debated for a long time whether Colin Kaepernick’s visit this past weekend to Atlanta improved his chances of finding a team for which to play, but it’s clear Clayton County Schools came out a winner.

The former NFL quarterback star’s last-minute decision to move his workout from the Atlanta Falcons practice facility to Charles Drew High School in Riverdale gave the south metro district a few moments in the national spotlight.

“The principal had a teacher who had a connection with him and he needed a location,” Clayton Superintendent Morcease Beasley said in describing how his district hooked up with Kaepernick. “It turned out to be a pretty big deal.”

News crews rushed to Drew High after the venue change and for a day footage of Kaepernick throwing passes on the school’s football field was in heavy rotation on cable news. 

Beasley, who said he supports Kaepernick’s right to protest police brutality during NFL games, hopes the connection will bring the quarterback back to Drew. 

“If we give you a location, we hope he can give something back to the students,” Beasley said. 

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