Colin Kaepernick details his heavy training regimen as he refuses to give up on NFL comeback

In a rare interview ahead of the release of his upcoming Netflix biopics series, “Colin in Black and White,” Kaepernick detailed the heavy training regimen he still goes through.

“I’m always up at 5 a.m. training five, six days a week to make sure I’m ready to take a team to the Super Bowl again,” said Kaepernick, who became a free agent in 2017, told Ebony magazine.

“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.”

The 31-year-old’s pledge to return to the NFL marks the continuation of his post from November of last year, in which Kaepernick tweeted a video of himself training alongside the former 49ers teammate from San Francisco, Eric Reid, with the caption: “1,363 days of job refusal. Still at work with @ E_Reid35 Still hard 5 days a week. #StillReady #StopRunning.”
Kaepernick and Reid settled their collusion grievances against the NFL in February 2019, after alleging teams were preventing them from playing. Reid has since returned to the league but was released by the Carolina Panthers in March 2020.

“Have confidence in your identity”

The new Netflix series, which will focus primarily on Kaepernick’s teenage years, is scheduled to premiere on October 29.

Having been adopted and raised by white parents, Kaepernick, who plays an acting role on the show, hopes to use his own experience as a teenager to explore issues of race and identity in society.

“There are different audiences the show will target differently,” Kaepernick said in the Ebony interview.

“When you look at Blacks and Maroons, especially young Blacks and Maroons, the message is to stay true to yourself, to believe in yourself, to have confidence in your identity and not to let anyone take it away from you. .

“I also think that when we look at society as a whole, 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 appears like.

“I hope this is an opportunity for whites to be able to look at their actions … how they present themselves in society and how they engage with blacks and browns … ‘they can undertake to improve the dynamics and oppressive nature of the systems and positions of power and privilege they have. “

Kaepernick struggled in the game against the San Diego Chargers in 2011.

Besides training and the Netflix biopic, Kaepernick has been involved in a variety of other off-field projects – a youth camp as well as publishing and media companies.

Alongside his partner Nessa, Kaepernick founded Know Your Rights Camp (KYRC), a free youth campaign designed to “advance the liberation and well-being of black and brown communities through education, empowerment, mass mobilization and the creation of new systems. who raise the next generation of change leaders. “

Its production and publishing companies – Ra Vision Media and Kaepernick Publishing – are designed to promote diversity on media platforms.

Ra Vision Media promotes a platform “to showcase the work of black and brown directors, producers, creators and storytellers,” while Kaepernick Publishing, formed in 2019, allows “black and brown writers to control and share their stories. retain ownership “.

Kaepernick Publishing’s debut track – “Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future without Policing & Prisons” – is edited by the former 49ers quarterback and is due out later this month.

Kaepernick greets fans after a game.

“You’re going to have to keep denying me and doing it in a public way,” Kaepernick added in his interview with Ebony magazine.

“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. that’s the beauty of us collectively – we’re not one-dimensional. “

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