Many NFL players have been supportive of the idea of Colin Kaepernick returning to the league.
That includes the NFL’s elder statesman, Tom Brady.
The six-time Super Bowl winner had his weekly interview with WEEI sports radio on Monday morning and was asked about Kaepernick, who held a public workout at an Atlanta-area high school on Saturday with several team scouts in attendance.
Brady said, “I said the other day it’s great that he got an opportunity and hopefully he makes the most of it. It is like everyone in the NFL, it’s a great privilege to play and do something you love to do. I’ve felt that way for a long time. Hopefully he gets an opportunity. That’s kind of how I feel.
“I like Colin. I’ve got to know Colin a little bit. I know he’s obviously hoping he can play.”
The words echo something Brady said a little more than two years ago; in a CBS interview tied to the release of his book, “The TB12 Method,” Brady expressed support for Kaepernick.
“I sure hope so,” Brady said at the time. “I’ve always watched him and admired him, the way that he’s played. He was a great young quarterback, he came to our stadium and beat us, and took his team to the Super Bowl in 2012. He’s accomplished a lot in the pros as a player and he’s certainly qualified, and I hope he gets a shot.”
On December 12, 2012, Kaepernick led the San Francisco 49ers into the Patriots’ Gillette Stadium and walked out with a 41-34 win; before the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson recorded a win over New England earlier this month, Kaepernick was the last first- or second-year quarterback to record a win over the Patriots.
Saturday’s workout was the first shot Kaepernick has gotten, and even that ended up being a contentious affair between the player, his team and the NFL.
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