Colin Kaepernick worked out in Houston with group of NFL receivers on Tuesday

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick arrives for a workout for NFL football scouts and media in Riverdale, Ga. While sports have always been indivisible from politics and public conflicts, there has been a major ground shift in the years since Michael Jordan made public neutrality on all non-sports issues an essential part of his brand. Now, there is almost an expectation of advocacy, especially with the precedent set by Colin Kaepernick's protests and the embrace by many of the Black Lives Matter cause. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland, File) (Todd Kirkland, Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

HOUSTON – Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick spent his Tuesday afternoon in Houston throwing to a number of area receivers, after taking up an invitation from Houston-area trainer Rischad “The Footwork King” Whitfield.

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Kaepernick recently posted video of a workout with Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett. Whitfield and local trainer Delfonte Diamond helped put a group of players together to work with Kaepernick in Houston on Tuesday.

The group of receivers included former University of Houston quarterback and current Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Greg Ward, former UH Cougar and current Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquez Stevenson, and former Fort Bend Elkins High School standout J’Mon Moore (University of Missouri, spent 2018 with the Green Bay Packers).

Kaepernick is giving the NFL another go, hoping to return to playing in the NFL. The quarterback, who helped lead the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance following the 2012 season, last played in the NFL in 2016, the same year he started kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.

Kaepernick and then-teammate Eric Reid filed collusion grievances against the league in October of 2017, saying they were blacklisted because of protests during the anthem at games. They reached a settlement in 2019.

In his final season of 2016, Kaepernick played in 12 games, starting 11 for the 49ers. In those games, he threw for over 2200 yards with 16 touchdown passes and 4 interceptions, also rushing for two more touchdowns.

On Sunday, Kaepernick tweeted: “For The past 5 years I’ve been working out and staying ready in case an opportunity to play presented itself. I’m really grateful to my trainer, who I’ve been throwing to all this time. But man, do I miss throwing to professional route runners. Who’s working?? I will pull up.”

And it was in Houston where Kaepernick pulled up on Tuesday.


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