In a rare interview, former NFL quarterback and American activist Colin Kaepernick said he is still training to play in the NFL.
“I’m always up at 5 am training five, six days a week, making sure I’m ready to take a team to the Super Bowl again,” he said. Ebony. “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 did the interview while promoting his new Netflix series, Pollock in black and white, a six-part scripted series that chronicles his high school years. The latest trailer was released on Tuesday, and the series will focus on Kaepernick’s struggles with identity, culture, and football as a black boy adopted and raised by white parents in California.
Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance in 2013, is best known for protesting police brutality and racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem before games in San Francisco. His peaceful protest sparked a nationwide debate and many speculated that was the reason he never played in the NFL again after entering free agency in 2017.
He then filed a grievance with the NFL and accused the league owners of colluding to blackmail him. The NFL and Kaepernick eventually reached a confidential settlement.
Although he hasn’t gotten a regular season snap since 2016, the 33-year-old still thinks he’s capable of quarterback for a mountain top team and says the NFL will have to give him a good reason why he can no longer play.
“You are going to have to continue to deny me and do it in a public way,” he said. Ebony. “And you’re going to expose yourself by that, but it won’t be because I’m not ready or not prepared. But in this process, I’m not going to let you bury my future either.”
More NFL coverage: