Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he has “unfinished business” in the NFL and is prepared to come back to the league as a backup quarterback if he has to. The activist said in an interview on the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast released Monday that he just needs “the opportunity to walk through the door.”
“I know I have to find my way back in,” he said. He said, “Yes, I understand that I need to be there as an emergency backup. However, that is not the place I want to be. When I can prove I am a starter, then I will be able step onto the field.
Kaepernick has not been able to land a job with an NFL team since he began to take a knee to protest police brutality and racial injustice during the national anthem as a member of the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. He last played for the 49ers in 2017 and opted out of the contract, but was not signed anywhere else. Later that year, he worked out for the Seattle Seahawks. However, Peter Carroll had already signed a quarterback with Russell Wilson. He was then traded to the Denver Broncos.
“No teams brought me for a workout” he said. He said, “No team brought me in for a chance. The one meeting with Seattle in 2017. Pete Carroll stated, “He is our starter. We have a starter.” From there, things moved forward. They don’t yet have a starter.
The 34-year-old said he’s motivated to come back to the league to win a Super Bowl, which he reached in 2013 with the 49ers, but lost against the Baltimore Ravens.
“You had those dreams from when you were a kid. “I am [gonna] going to be an NFL player. I will win the Super Bowl. That’s all I can say. It was the Super Bowl for me. It was only one play. “Well, that’s enough.
He dismissed concerns he would be a distraction, and based on his past jersey sales and Nike’s $6 billion evaluation after they signed him, he stressed the business end of a team signing him “makes sense.” He also brought up the NFL’s “End Racism” messages in end zones and “Black Lives Matter” being worn on players’ helmets, which fall in line with his activism.
“Everything I’ve said should be in alignment with what you’re saying publicly,” he said, referring to the NFL.
In a message to general managers around the league, he said to let him “come in and let me compete.”
“The NFL is supposed to be a meritocracy … You can get rid of me if I don’t do enough. He said, “But let me come in to show you.”
While training for an NFL comeback, Kaepernick has been keeping busy. He wrote a children’s book, “I Color Myself Different” that was published this month, and his high school years are the subject of a Netflix series called “Colin in Black & White,” which was released last year. He also launched an initiative earlier this year through his Know Your Rights Camp that will offer free, secondary autopsies to family members of anyone whose death is “police-related.”
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