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Colin Kaepernick says he can still play ‘absolutely’ after Michigan spring game exposure


(WXYZ) – Collin Kaepernick said he could “absolutely” still play football after showing his skills at halftime at Michigan’s spring football game in Ann Arbor on Saturday.

Our Jeanna Trotman caught Kaepernick after throwing undrafted free agents and retired wide receivers on Saturday. Kaepernick was the Wolverines’ honorary captain in the spring game and pitched as part of an exhibition organized by Wolverines Against Racism.

“We always go out there and hit it,” Kaepernick said after the halftime show. “Really, coming here for the show was to show that I can still do it. That’s one of the questions my agent keeps asking, so we want to make sure we can get out there, show everyone. world I can still play, still throw it.”

Kaepernick hasn’t 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 an opportunity to open a door and have a path back to the NFL and possibly a starting job. He also had a message for any teams that had questions about him.

“I can help make you a better team. I can help you win games, I know right now the situation probably won’t allow me to come in and step into a starting role. I I know I can work my way into it and show it real quick,” Kaepernick said, adding that he could come sit down and practice.

NFL scouts were at Michigan’s spring game to watch him pitch.

He gained national attention when he began kneeling during the national anthem before games to protest police brutality and racial inequality.

The protests have turned political, with President Donald Trump calling on players to defend the anthem. Trump has since changed his tune, saying in June 2020 that he would support teams signing Kaepernick.

In February, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters 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 praised Harbaugh and his family for bringing him back to Michigan for the spring game.

“Coach Harbaugh, he’s always been phenomenal to me,” Kaepernick said. “From the moment we met at the combine, on the pro day, until he took me back and chose to throw me. From there, our relationship continued to grow and develop. develop.”



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