Colin Kaepernick wants to return to the NFL, and he's willing to be a backup quarterback if that's what it takes to get back into the league.
"I know I have to find my way back in," Kaepernick told Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson and Adam "Pacman" Jones in an interview with the "I Am Athlete" podcast. "So, yeah, if I have to come in as a backup, that fine. But that's not where I'm staying. And when I prove that I'm a starter, I want to be able to step on the field as such. I just need that opportunity to walk through the door."
Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since 2016, when he became a free agent after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers. He has been a vocal critic of racial injustice and police brutality, and he drew national attention when he began kneeling during the national anthem before games to protest those issues.
Since then, Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging that teams colluded to keep him out of the league because of his protests. An arbitrator ruled in August that there was enough evidence to send the case to trial.
In the meantime, Kaepernick has been working hard to stay in shape and stay ready for an opportunity to return to the NFL. And he's confident that opportunity will come.
"I've been training five days a week," he said. "I've been doing everything I need to do to be ready for that call, to be ready for that opportunity. So, when that does happen, you know, I'm just gonna be grateful and thankful, and hopefully make the most of it."