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Colin Kaepernick says he's training five days a week, 'still ready' for NFL

Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick, middle, has been blackballed from the NFL since he knelt during the national anthem in the 2016 season. (File)

During his time at Nevada and with the San Francisco 49ers, quarterback Colin Kaepernick was known for his strong work ethic.

He was always the first one to the practice facility and among the last to leave. And despite not playing in the NFL since 2016, that work ethic apparently hasn't waned.

Kaepernick, who played for Nevada from 2006-10, posted a 59-second video on Twitter on Wednesday that simply said, "5 a.m. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready." Kaepernick has been blackballed from the league since that 2016 season in which he knelt during the national anthem before games as a sign of protest against police brutality against minorities.

Kaepernick hasn't gotten as much as an NFL workout since then despite his strong performance in the NFL, which included two NFC championship game berths as well as one Super Bowl appearance, a 34-31 loss to Baltimore in which Kaepernick completed 16-of-28 passes for 302 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed seven times for 62 yards and a score.

Now 31 years old, Kaepernick completed 196-of-331 passes (59.2 percent) for 2,241 yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in 12 games in 2016, his last year in the league. He rushed for 468 and two touchdowns. Kaepernick went 1-10 as a starter that season for the downtrodden 49ers, although he posted the 17th-best quarterback rating and 21st-best QBR in the league in 2016.

In his six-year NFL career, Kaepernick has completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 12,271 yards, 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He's also rushed for 2,300 yards and 13 scores. His career quarterback rating of 88.9 ranks 18th in NFL history, which sits just in front of Derek Carr, Andy Dalton, Nick Folesand Matthew Stafford, each of whom is in the league this season. Kaepernick is tied with Tom Brady (just behind Aaron Rodgers) for second in NFL history in lowest career interception rate (1.8 percent).

Earlier this year, Kaepernick agreed to settle his lawsuit accusing the NFL of colluding to prevent him from playing in the league. Fox Business reported the deal was less than $10 million for Kaepernick and fellow plaintiff Eric Reid.

Here is Kaepernick's video release, which also appears to serve as a commercial of sorts for Nike.



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