Colin Kaepernick says he has ‘unfinished business’ in NFL, willing to return to league as backup QB

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Colin Kaepernick is continue to doing the job out in hopes of having back again onto an NFL group. 

He claimed in a recent podcast job interview he “completely” wants to perform in the NFL once more and is even eager to return to the league as a backup quarterback if that will help his comeback possibilities. 

“Five years of teaching at the rear of the scenes,” Kaepernick explained to previous NFL stars Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, and Pacman Jones all through an interview with the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast that aired Monday. “You will not do that if you will not have a passion, and you never believe you’re gonna obtain a way on that subject.”

“I know I have to discover my way back again in. So yeah. If I have to occur in as a backup, that is fantastic,” he reported. “But that’s not where I’m keeping. And when I verify that I’m a starter, I want to be in a position to stage on the subject as these types of. I just need that possibility to stroll by the doorway.”

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Colin Kaepernick looks to make a pass during a private NFL workout held at Charles R Drew high school on November 16, 2019 in Riverdale, Georgia.

Colin Kaepernick appears to make a move during a non-public NFL exercise routine held at Charles R Drew high school on November 16, 2019 in Riverdale, Ga.
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Kaepernick past performed in the NFL in 2016, the identical 12 months he started kneeling in the course of the nationwide anthem in protest of racial injustice. Requested why proprietors and basic supervisors ought to get that he would make their locker place far better and not be a distraction, Kaepernick argued that the league now pledges to assistance equivalent troubles he advocated for in the earlier. 

“You have ‘End Racism’ in the back of your stop zone. You have ‘Black Lives Matter’ on your helmet. All the things I’ve reported must be in alignment with what you happen to be indicating publicly,” Kaepernick said. “It really is a $16 billion small business. When I first took a knee, my jersey went to No. 1. When I did the deal with Nike, their worth improved by $6 billion. Six billion. With a B.”

Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel on the sideline during the National Anthem prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium on Oct. 2, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. 

Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel on the sideline through the Countrywide Anthem prior to the video game in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium on Oct. 2, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. 
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“So if you’re speaking about the small business side, it shows advantageous. If you happen to be conversing about the enjoying side, appear in, [and] enable me contend. You can evaluate me from there,” he extra. “The NFL is supposed to be a meritocracy. Occur in, let me contend. If I am not fantastic plenty of, get rid of me. But enable me appear in and display you.”


This month, Kaepernick reunited with Jim Harbaugh at Michigan’s spring recreation, where he was invited to participate in a throwing audition for NFL scouts. The quarterback reportedly ran a variety of throwing drills through a 15-moment session with draft-suitable gamers at halftime. 

On the podcast Monday, Kaepernick pointed out that Harbaugh and Chip Kelly, his former coaches with the San Francisco 49ers, reported he “produced the locker room far better.”

“That 2016 year, my final 12 months, my teammates voted me the most brave and inspirational participant. So, when you’re chatting about the men and women that are in fact in the building, that has never ever come out that I’ve been a distraction. It is hardly ever appear out that I have been an difficulty for the men and women I’ve played with,” he explained.

The 34-12 months-old quarterback mentioned he saved silent on his want to perform in the NFL again since he didn’t want to be a distraction for fascinated teams. He said not a one team hosted him for an prospect due to the fact his departure from the 49ers. 

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) looks for a receiver during the second quarter of the team's NFC divisional playoff NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in San Francisco, Jan. 12, 2013. 

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) seems to be for a receiver for the duration of the next quarter of the team’s NFC divisional playoff NFL football match towards the Inexperienced Bay Packers in San Francisco, Jan. 12, 2013. 
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“No teams brought me in for a exercise,” Kaepernick explained. “No group has brought me in for an opportunity. I experienced the one meeting with Seattle in 2017. And out of that, [head coach] Pete Carroll stated, ‘Hey, he is a starter we have a starter.’ And matters moved on from there, but they never have a starter proper now.”

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Kaepernick threw for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns around six seasons with San Francisco. He was the starting up quarterback in Tremendous Bowl XLVII, which the 49ers shed to the Baltimore Ravens. 

“I’ve been to the Super Bowl,” Kaepernick mentioned, noting he was a person enjoy absent from an NFL championship. “I have to have to finish that.”