Colin Kaepernick says he’s ready to get back to the NFL despite the league’s treatment of him in the past.
Kaepernick has been busy promoting his new Netflix series “Colin in Black & White,” headed by Ava DuVernay.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback revealed his plans to return in an interview with Ebony: “I am still up at 5 a.m. training five, six days a week making sure I’m prepared to take a team to a Super Bowl again. That’s not something I will ever let go of, regardless of the actions of 32 teams and their partners to deny me employment.”
Kaepernick was elbowed out of the league during the 2016 season after taking a knee in protest of police brutality and social injustice. Since then, he founded the non-profit group, Know Your Rights Camp, an extension of his fight for justice.
In 2019, Kaepernick and Eric Reid received a payout of after they filed a lawsuit alleged the league’s teams colluded to keep them off the field. The players reportedly received less than $10 million.
Kaepernick insists he’s determined to get back onto the field. “The same way I was persistent in high school is the same way I’m gonna be persistent here,” he told the publication.
“You’re gonna have to continue to deny me and do so in a public way. And you’re gonna expose yourself by that, but it won’t be because I’m not ready or not prepared,” he continued. “But in that process, I’m also not gonna let you bury my future,” Kaep added. “I’m gonna continue to do work on the acting and producing side, continue to do the work with Know Your Rights, and make sure we are having an impact. I think that’s the beauty of us collectively — we are not one-dimensional.”