(WXYZ) — Collin Kaepernick said he “absolutely” could still play football after showing his skills at halftime in the Michigan Football Spring Game in Ann Arbor on Saturday.
Our Jeanna Trotman caught up with Kaepernick after he tossed to undrafted free agents and retired wide receivers on Saturday. Kaepernick served as honorary captain for the Wolverines during the spring game and threw as part of an exhibition hosted by Wolverines Against Racism.
“We still go out and beat it,” Kaepernick said after the halftime exhibition. “Really, coming here for the show was to show that I can still do it. That’s one of the questions my agent keeps getting, so we want to make sure we can come out, show everyone I can still play, still throw.”
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since 2016. He was with the San Francisco 49ers when Jim Harbaugh was head coach.
He also said he was looking for a way to open a door and find a way back into the NFL and eventually an entry-level job. He also had a message for any teams that had questions about him.
“I can help you become a better team. I can help you win games, I know the situation at the moment probably won’t allow me to come in and take a starting role. I know I’ll be able to find my way to that and show that very quickly,” Kaepernick said, adding he could come for a seat and a practice session.
NFL scouts were at Michigan’s spring game to watch him pitch.
He drew national attention when he began kneeling before games during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.
The protests turned political, with President Donald Trump urging players to stand up for the anthem. Trump has since changed his tunewho said in June 2020 that he would support teams signing Kaepernick.
In February, NFL Commissioner Roger good told reporters that the former player “deserves recognition and appreciation” for raising concerns about social justice and racism.”
He publicly apologized to Kaepernick last June for not listening to him enough and taking his concerns more seriously.
Kaepernick also commended Harbaugh and his family for bringing him back to Michigan for the spring game.
“Coach Harbaugh, he’s always been phenomenal for me,” Kaepernick said. “From the time we met at combine, on pro day, until he called me up and decided to set me up. From there, our relationship has continued to grow and evolve.”
https://www.wxyz.com/sports/watch-colin-kaepernick-said-he-can-absolutely-still-play-after-exhibition-at-michigan-spring-game Colin Kaepernick said he “absolutely” could still play after the show at the Spring Game in Michigan