TURLOCK (CBS13) — We may see the return of Turlock native Colin Kaepernick to the NFL soon. The former 49er will be trying to show some NFL teams that he belongs back in the league on Saturday. But will Kaep’s comeback be met with the same fevered-pitch support from his hometown? Folks in Turlock are on both sides of the issue on whether they still stand with hometown star, no matter his views. Ask anyone in Turlock about Kaepernick and you’ll get an opinion pretty quickly. “People in Turlock…they can’t stand him,” one man said. “I love Kaepernick. I’ve known him since he was a little kid… he signed this huge jersey for me,” a fan said. Kaepernick, a former football player at Pitman High, went on to play for the 49ers in 2011. Making it to the NFL, his fame exploded through town. Businesses hung his jersey and some restaurants named food after him. But after he took a knee in 2016 during the National Anthem, … [Read more...] about Kaepernick Trying To Return To NFL; Does His Hometown Still Support Him?
Atlanta (CNN)Colin Kaepernick will finally get a chance Saturday to show his stuff again to NFL teams — after nearly a three-year wait. On a practice field near Atlanta, the 32-year-old free agent quarterback will have about two hours to demonstrate his skills. At least 11 teams will send personnel to watch the league-arranged workout at the Atlanta Falcons' practice facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia, the NFL said Thursday. Other teams can review the workout on video the NFL will provide. As of Thursday, the teams that said they were sending personnel were Arizona, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay and Washington, the NFL said. The closed session will begin at 3 p.m. ET, a source with direct knowledge told CNN. The timeline: Read More • Interview, 3:15 p.m. • Measurements, stretching and warmups • Timing and testing, 3:50 p.m. That include sprints and a strength test • Quarterback … [Read more...] about Kaepernick will showcase his skills to NFL teams this afternoon
ATLANTA (AP) — Colin Kaepernick has to audition for a job in a workout on Saturday strangely organized by the NFL while other quarterbacks with lesser talent were given opportunities over the past three years. Of course, the reason Kaepernick hasn’t played in a game since New Year’s Day 2017 goes beyond football. Kaepernick has been exiled since becoming a free agent months after he began kneeling during the national anthem before games in 2016 to protest social and racial injustice. He drew strong criticism from President Donald Trump and many others for his peaceful demonstration and eventually sued the league for colluding to keep him out. The NFL in February settled the collusion grievance Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid had filed. Reid now plays for the Carolina Panthers. Meanwhile, plenty of mediocre quarterbacks have earned paychecks in the league during Kaepernick’s absence. Luke Falk started two games this season for the New York Jets and then … [Read more...] about Kaepernick Determined To Showcase Skills In Saturday NFL Tryout
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — A big change of plans for Colin Kaepernick’s NFL workout. Just 15 minutes before Kaepernick was scheduled to work out Saturday for 25 NFL teams at the Atlanta Falcons’ training complex in Flowery Branch, the quarterback’s representatives announced the session was being moved 60 miles away to a high school in Riverdale. The representatives said the switch was made because they wanted the media to be allowed to watch and videotape the workout. It was a stunning move that seemed to catch everyone off-guard. A number of NFL scouts had already gone inside the Falcons’ indoor training facility when word came the workout was being shifted from the sprawling suburbs north of Atlanta to Charles Drew High School in Riverdale — south of the city, near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It was not known how teams would be attending the workout in the new location. Dozens of media had been set up in a fenced-off parking … [Read more...] about Colin Kaepernick’s NFL workout changes last-minute: New site, media allowed
The NFL arranged a workout for Colin Kaepernick that was going to be attended by more than two dozen teams. However, after Kaepernick refused to agree to the league’s conditions regarding the workout, the league’s original anthem protester did a work out at a local Atlanta high school instead.The NFL released a lengthy statement to describe their disappointment at Kaepernick for choosing to work out at the high school: He informed us of that decision at 2:30 pm today along with the public. Today’s session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants – an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL. Twenty-five (25) clubs were present for the workout, and all 32 clubs, their head coaches, general managers, and other personnel executives would have received video footage of the interview and workout, shot by the Atlanta Falcons video crew. It is important to note the following: As stated above, more than … [Read more...] about NFL ‘Disappointed’ at Kaepernick for Not Appearing at Workout