ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN — Quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw undrafted receivers at halftime in Michigan’s Spring Game for NFL scouts on Saturday.
Kaepernick was invited to Michigan by coach Jim Harbaugh, who mentored Kaepernick with the San Francisco 49ers, and served as honorary captain for the spring game. He was joined by producer Spike Lee, who is shooting a documentary about Kaepernick as he navigates a job search for another spot on an NFL roster.
Kaepernick was not made available to the media, but Jeanna Trotman, a reporter for local affiliate WXYZ, spoke with him on the pitch about his decision to pitch on Saturday.
“We always go out there and hit it,” Kaepernick told Trotman. “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.”
He said he always believed he could improve a team and help a team win games. NFL reporter Josina Anderson reported Friday that Kaepernick is open to accepting a backup role if that’s what it takes to facilitate a return to the NFL.
While in Ann Arbor, Kaepernick hung out with Michigan players and was able to pitch with Wolverines quarterback Cade McNamara during the week.
“Growing up in Reno, I was a 49ers fan, so I always looked at Coach Harbaugh as the 49ers and Kap was always the QB,” McNamara said. “But I’ve thrown with him a few times this week. He’s got a rocket and he can throw it for sure. He’s been nothing but respectful to me.”
Kaepernick told Trotman on the field that he would be willing to do sit-down interviews and a workout if an NFL team was willing to have him. He hoped this practice would show some scouts that he has stayed in shape and can still play.