Colin Kaepernick refuses to give up his dream of returning to the NFL and leading another team to the Super Bowl. In a new interview with Ebony magazine, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and activist said he still trains daily in case a professional football team calls.
“I’m still up at 5 am training five, six days a week, making sure I’m ready to take a team to the Super Bowl again,” Kaepernick told the publication. “This is not something that I will never let go, no matter what actions 32 teams and their partners take to deny me a job. Just as I persisted in high school, I will be persistent here.”
Kaepernick, 33, has not played in a professional football match since 2016 after leading protests on his knees during the national anthem to draw attention to police brutality and racial injustice.
In 2017, Kaepernick and his former teammate, free agent security Eric Reid, filed grievances against the league, alleging they weren’t signed because the owners worked together to keep them out of the league. during demonstrations. They reached ain 2019.
Later that year, Kaepernick hosted an open practice for eight NFL teams to prove he was still fit, but neither team signed him. He maintains that he was kept away from the field because of his protests.
“You’re going to have to continue to deny me and do it in a public way. And you’re going to expose yourself by that, but it won’t be because I’m not ready or not prepared,” Kaepernick told Vogue. “But in this process, I’m not going to let you bury my future either. that’s the beauty of us collectively – we’re not one-dimensional. ”
The rare interview precedes the premiere of a Netflix show that describes Kaepernick’s youth. The show, titled “Pollock in black and white“, is scheduled to premiere on October 29. Kaepernick said he enjoys playing on the series and that the process is similar to warming up for a football game.
“Going through the lines, going through the prep, then also being on set and having to prep my lines, having to hit my marks, trying to bring out different emotions, different tones, different deliveries,” Kaepernick told Vogue. “[It] felt really natural to me. I just didn’t have to dodge a 300-pound lineman while doing it. “
Kaepernick said he hoped the show would appeal to a young audience who experienced the same struggles he faced growing up.
“There are different audiences the series will target differently,” he said. “Part of what the show is about is how the whiteness appears… and how we engage with it… but also the pressures, the micro-aggressions, the racism and what it shows.”
“I hope this is an opportunity for whites to be able to watch their actions,” Kaepernick added, “how they present themselves in society and how they engage with blacks and browns and look at their own privileges and perspectives and can derive from them actions they can take to improve the dynamics and oppressive nature of the systems and positions of power and privilege they hold. ”