Kain Colter speaks on APU Demonstration

Kain Colter and the Northwestern football team have a bye week before their much-anticipated Big Ten showdown with Ohio State on Oct. 5. However, the senior quarterback is making some of his own national news during the team’s off week.

Colter is one of several college football players who initialed the letters “A.P.U.” on various game clothing and equipment items this past weekend. The three letters stand for “All Players United,” which is an effort to raise awareness about important issues that college football players deal with, such as proper funding for medical bills related to playing injuries.

Why is this such a pressing topic?

Well, because Colter did not ask Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald permission to go ahead and wear the “A.P.U.” initials on his clothing prior to the game.

“I feel like people shouldn’t take it as a individual message. It’s a sign of unity and not individuality,” Colter said. “It’s a sign of players coming together all over the nation, not just football players, basketball players, tennis players…To be able to have our opinions heard and our needs met, instead of having to go through a middle man, or having to go through the coaches, having to go through administration, athletic directors.

“We should have the right to voice our opinions, and I feel like we’re educated and articulate enough to voice our concerns and how we feel it needs be addressed.”

Colter spoke about the meaning of “A.P.U.” earlier today, and also took to twitter about it as well.


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R.C. Dirkes on 9/26/2013 @ 3:47pm EDT Said:

His reasons are clearly articulated and understandable, but he should have let Coach Fitz know his reasons before taking the initials on the field. Big time coaches and players are committed to each other in a way that requires open, timely communication in the least.

joeseddit on 9/26/2013 @ 6:14pm EDT Said:

I dunno, it may be a worthy cause and all but geez, great timing.
Once again, Colter selfishly makes Fitz look bad (just what a team needs going into its biggest game). Last year he opened his mouth to say Northwestern had no direction. ‘Course the reality is he was indirectly whining about having to share playing time at QB. I know it wouldn’t look good, and in this day and age it just can’t be done, but I think Fitz should make Colter a member of the “A.X.P.U.”

john gannon on 9/26/2013 @ 8:18pm EDT Said:

I hope this isn’t bad karma for Cain. He and Fitz have enough on their mind right now. Cain isn’t some kind of 5-star Tim tebow – he needs to focus.

John Gannon
Boca Raton, Florida

Old Hat Cat (@OldHatCat) on 9/27/2013 @ 11:46am EDT Said:

I trust both Colter and Fitz. As Fitz said it is a teaching/coaching opportunity and we shouldn’t stifle the young man. Also with all the hype for the OSU game, and the long off time, a little distraction (this week) might be a good thing.