In a surprising turn of events, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick sent a heartfelt letter to the New York Jets’ general manager, Joe Douglas, shortly after Aaron Rodgers sustained a serious injury during a Monday Night Football game.
The letter, made public by rapper J. Cole, who shared it on his social media platform, reveals Kaepernick’s genuine interest in contributing to the Jets’ success by offering his services on the practice squad.
Kaepernick, 35 years old and a prominent figure in the world of sports and activism, began his letter by acknowledging the Jets’ championship aspirations and the void left by Rodgers’ injury. “I’m writing, of course, in response to the unfortunate loss of Aaron Rodgers. I know the aspirations this season were, and still are, to win a championship, and so that Hall of Fame-sized hole will need to be filled as best as possible to keep the team on a Super Bowl track,” Kaepernick wrote, displaying his deep understanding of the team’s goals.
Contrary to any expectations that he might be seeking the starting quarterback position, Kaepernick expressed a different approach. “As much as I would love the opportunity to fill that [starting] spot, I’m writing you in hopes that you can imagine a much different approach involving me; I would be honored and extremely grateful for the opportunity to come in and lead the practice squad,” he explained. His willingness to join the practice squad, typically consisting of 16 players who practice with the team during the week but do not play in games, highlights his dedication to the sport and his commitment to the Jets’ success.
Kaepernick clarified his intentions further, emphasizing his primary mission: “I would do this with the sole mission of getting your defense ready each week.” This altruistic approach speaks to his team-oriented mindset and his desire to contribute in any way possible.
In the letter, Kaepernick also acknowledged the presence of rookie quarterback Zach Wilson and expressed confidence in Wilson’s abilities. However, he presented himself as a viable backup plan should the need arise. “I believe a confident Zach Wilson has the tools to do this. However, in the event that this is not the case, I would love to offer you a risk-free contingency plan,” he wrote.
Despite not playing in the NFL since 2016 when he was with the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick remains unwavering in his belief that he is still a top-tier quarterback. “I am sure of my ability to provide you with an elite QB option if, God forbid, QB1 goes down,” he declared. Kaepernick’s dedication to maintaining his skills and readiness for NFL action despite his absence from the league underscores his passion for the game.
The letter, while heartfelt and sincere, did not immediately lead to Kaepernick’s signing with the Jets. On Tuesday, the team opted to sign Trevor Siemian to their practice squad, signaling that they had not yet made a decision regarding Kaepernick’s proposal.
In conclusion, Colin Kaepernick’s letter to the New York Jets demonstrates his unwavering commitment to football and his willingness to contribute to a team’s success, even if it means joining the practice squad. His genuine offer to help the team in any way possible showcases his dedication to the sport and his belief in his abilities as a quarterback, despite years away from the NFL. While the Jets have not made a move as of now, Kaepernick’s willingness to step in and assist the team remains a testament to his passion for the game.