Netflix producing six-episode series based on Colin Kaepernick's high school years

Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick played for Nevada for four seasons. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The life of Colin Kaepernick, the former record-breaking Nevada football player, will be featured in a six-episode Netflix series based on his high school years.

Netflix said the series will be a scripted drama called "Colin In Black & White" and will address the issues Kaepernick had growing up as a black man in an adopted white family. The series will include Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay, who directed Selma, A Wrinkle in Time, Middle of Nowhere and I Will Follow.

“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens,” Kaepernick said in a news release. “We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community, during my high school years. It’s an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”

Kaepernick was adopted at birth and moved to Wisconsin to Turlock, Calif., when he was 4 years old where he starred at Pitman High School before signing to play football at Nevada, joining the Wolf Pack in 2006.

"With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture and for him, personally,” DuVernay said in a news release. "Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience. I couldn’t be happier than to tell this story with the team at Netflix."

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