It was launched in front of a packed stadium. He released future draft prospects. He launched himself under the watchful eye of the trainer with whom he brushed against the title of world champion and the admiring eyes of a movie icon, director Spike Lee.
Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback “canceled” by the NFL after kneeling on the ground to protest police violence against the African-American community, lived a very special and intense day over the weekend. It was 2016. After the contract with the Niners by CK, the night literally fell on his professional career. Not even for an audition, they called him back. Meanwhile, in the US and beyond, he has become a leader in protest against racism and abuse by officers. A figure recently celebrated in a Netflix series and on which Spike Lee will soon work for another docufilm.
An obviously unsavory and far too cumbersome figure for the NFL system that, despite preaching racial equality on stadium billboards and on the backs of players’ helmets, has lowered the blind on sporting ambitions. of Colin. But he did not take into account his iron character, his courage and his immaculate tenacity.
So this spring, Kaepernick staged and filmed a series of his workouts with high-caliber professional wide receivers in various US states. The videos, posted on social media, show him perfectly eligible to be signed by one of 32 teams. , at least giving him the opportunity to train with them and prove that he is worth his place in the team, as a starter or as a point guard. booking. But so far, once again, nothing.
But he doesn’t give up and this weekend he was received by Jm Harbaugh, historic coach of the Michigan Wolverines (whom we had the opportunity to meet and see at work for about three days in Rome a few years ago) and former coach of the San Francisco 49ers. JH discovered Kaepernick and launched him into the NFL as a starter following an injury to Alex Smith. With the number 7 he won the Super Bowl lost with the Ravens of his brother John on the wire.
In addition, in Time and Repubblica (we always interviewed him on the sidelines in Rome), he has always supported the quarterback, both from a technical and a human and social point of view.
Thanks to Harbaugh, therefore, Kaep was named honorary captain of the Wolverines for his game, and at intervals he took the field to throw a series of pitches with the draft athletes. Once again it seemed evident that during these years in which no one has made him play he has not lost his athletic and technical polish. Short and long pitches, Colin is still there. On the other hand, he has always claimed to have trained intensely every week for at least 5 days a week.
In the end, the cameras and reporters were all for him. Who reiterated: “I can help a team improve and win games.” A clear message for the NFL and its 32 team owners that comprise it. Will anyone listen?