In a letter dated September 21, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick reached out to New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas with an intriguing proposition. Kaepernick, known for his social activism and his decision to kneel during the national anthem as a protest against institutional racism and perceived policing issues, expressed his concern about the Jets’ performance in the current season.
As the team struggled with a 1-2 record and the loss of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Kaepernick offered himself as a potential solution. However, he didn’t aim to replace Rodgers or even serve as a backup to the team’s current quarterback, Zach Wilson. Instead, Kaepernick humbly suggested joining the practice squad to help the team improve. Despite being four years older than Rodgers, Kaepernick believed he could contribute and bring value to the Jets.
Throughout the years, Kaepernick has diligently maintained his physical fitness and preparedness for any potential NFL opportunities that may come his way. In his letter to Douglas, he expressed his gratitude and honor for the chance to lead the practice squad, even if it meant emulating each opposing team’s quarterback during the week with no prospect of playing on gamedays.
Kaepernick acknowledged that his initial role would be a stepping stone towards eventually earning a place higher up in the Jets depth chart. He emphasized that his presence would provide the team with a risk-free contingency plan, which could prove invaluable in unforeseen circumstances.
By offering his skills and experience to the New York Jets, Kaepernick demonstrated his unwavering dedication to the sport and his willingness to contribute to a team’s success. It remains to be seen if the Jets will seize this unique opportunity or explore other avenues to address their needs.