Colin Kaepernick says he’s willing to make reserve QB if an NFL team gives him a chance to return
Colin Kaepernick is serious about returning to the NFL, and is willing to become a backup quarterback if that’s what it takes to get back into the league.
“I know I have to find my way back,” Kaepernick told Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson and Adam “Pacman” Jones in an interview on the “I Am Athlete” podcast. “So, yes, if I have to come in as a reserve, that’s fine. But that’s not where I’ll stay. And when I prove I’m a starter, I want to be able to take the field as such. I just need that opportunity to cross. the threshold “.
Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016, the same season he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. He said in the interview that if there was an aversion to signing him because of his protesting him, today’s NFL should be more aligned with his views than he is.
“You have ‘End Racism’ in the back of your end zone. You have ‘Black Lives Matter’ on your helmet. Everything I’ve said should be in line with what you’re saying publicly,” he said. “It’s a $ 16 billion deal. When I knelt for the first time, my jersey went to number 1. When I made the deal with Nike, their value increased by six billion dollars. Six billion. With a B.
“… So if you are talking about the commercial side, it shows [it’s] beneficial. If you’re talking about the side that plays, come in, let me compete. You can rate me from there. The NFL is supposed to be a meritocracy. Come in, let me compete. If I’m not good enough, get rid of me. But let me in and I’ll show you. “
Kaepernick recently pitched to non-drafted receivers for NFL scouts during half-time of the Michigan spring game, at the invitation of Jim Harbaugh, his former San Francisco 49ers manager. In the “I Am Athlete” interview, Kaepernick noted that both his 49ers coaches, Harbaugh and Chip Kelly, said he “made the dressing room better”, countering the narrative that it would be a distraction to any team that hires him.
“That 2016 season, my senior year, my teammates voted me as the bravest and most inspiring player. So when you talk about the people in the building, it never came out that I was a distraction. It’s not it never comes out that I’ve been a problem to the people I’ve played with, “he said.
Kaepernick noted that he hasn’t given interviews about his desire to play in the NFL again, and that’s because he didn’t want to fuel the narrative that there would be a “media circus” if a team signed him. Privately, however, Kaepernick contacted the teams for training. The only one he got was from the Seattle Seahawks in 2017.
“No team took me for training,” said Kaepernick. “No team offered me an opportunity. I had the only match with Seattle in 2017. And aside from that, Pete Carroll said, ‘Hey, he’s a starter; we have a starter.’ And things went on from there, but at the moment they don’t have an appetizer, “he said.
Kaepernick said he ultimately wants to win a championship after coming so close to the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII but falling “a game away” in a 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
“I need to finish it. My mindset isn’t just about going out, ‘Oh, I want to compete.’ No, I want to win a championship, “she said.