(WXYZ) — Collin Kaepernick stated he can “completely” nonetheless play soccer after exhibiting off his abilities throughout halftime of the Michigan Soccer spring recreation in Ann Arbor on Saturday.
Our Jeanna Trotman caught up with Kaepernick after he threw to undrafted free brokers and retired large receivers Saturday. Kaepernick was serving as honorary captain for the Wolverines through the spring recreation, and threw as a part of an exhibition placed on by Wolverines Towards Racism.
“We nonetheless get on the market and sling it,” Kaepernick stated after the halftime exhibition. “Actually, getting out right here for the exhibition was to indicate that I can nonetheless do it. It is one of many questions my agent retains getting, so we need to be certain we will come out, present everybody I can nonetheless play, nonetheless throw it.”
Kaepernick has not performed within the NFL since 2016. He was with the San Francisco 49ers when Jim Harbaugh was head coach.
He additionally stated that he was on the lookout for a possibility for a door to open and have a pathway again to the NFL and finally a beginning job. He additionally had a message for any groups that had questions on him.
“I may also help make you a greater workforce. I may also help you win video games, I do know proper now the scenario possible gained’t permit me to return in and step right into a beginning function. I do know I’ll be capable to work my approach to that and present that in a short time,” Kaepernick stated, including he might are available in for a sit-down and a exercise.
NFL scouts have been at Michigan’s spring recreation to observe him throw.
He drew nationwide consideration when he started kneeling through the nationwide anthem earlier than video games to protest police brutality and racial inequality.
The protests turned political, with President Donald Trump calling on gamers to face for the anthem. Trump has since modified his tune, saying in June 2020 that he would assist groups signing Kaepernick.
In February, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell advised reporters that the previous participant “deserves recognition and appreciation” for mentioning issues about social justice and racism.”
He publicly apologized to Kaepernick final June for not listening to him sufficient and taking his issues extra critically.
Kaepernick additionally praised Harbaugh and his household for bringing him again to Michigan for the spring recreation.
“Coach Harbaugh, he is all the time been phenomenal for me,” Kaepernick stated. “Fom the time we met on the mix, at professional day, to him drafting me and selecting to begin me. From there, our relationship has continued to develop and develop.”