Three years after first kneeling during the national anthem at an NFL preseason game, Colin Kaepernick revealed he's still hoping to step on the field once again
Colin Kaepernick hasn’t played professional football in years, but despite his time off, he’s “still ready” to return to the NFL.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback posted a powerful video to Instagram and Twitter this week of his almost daily fitness routine.
The video highlights Kaepernick’s 5 a.m workouts, consisting of rigorous weight training and other difficult exercises. Alongside the clip, Kaepernick noted he’s “still ready.”
According to USA Today, Kaepernick, 31, has been out of work for 889 days as of Wednesday, since he left the 49ers in March 2017. In 2018, Kaepernick filed a collusion grievance lawsuit against the NFL, which was settled out of court in February of this year, according to a statement from his attorneys.
The NFL star started the #TakeAKnee movement during an August 2016 preseason game, when he chose to kneel rather than stand during the national anthem in protest of racial injustices, including police brutality.
“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder… I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. If they take football away, my endorsements from me — I know that I stood up for what is right,” he said in a previous interview with Steve Wyche of NFL Media.
Kaepernick’s silent act of protest quickly spread across other NFL teams, but it also infuriated some politicians, including President Donald Trump.
Earlier this summer, the headline-making Nike commercial “Dream Crazy” starring Kaepernick that was released in September of last year was nominated for an Emmy.
In the commercial, which has been nominated in the outstanding commercial category, the former quarterback narrates as clips of both amateur and professional athletes (including Serena Williams) play, with a message to aspire to go beyond athleticism and be the best in the world at what they do.