Colin Kaepernick Named Honorary Captain of University of Michigan Spring Football Game

Courtesy: UM Football on Twitter.

University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh is welcoming a former player for the spring game – but he’s not an ex-Wolverine.

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be the honorary captain for the Michigan Maize and Blue spring football game this Saturday. Kaepernick played for Harbaugh in San Francisco and led the team to Super Bowl XLVII where they lost to the Ravens in 2013.


Courtesy: UM Football on Twitter.

After Harbaugh left the 49ers, Kapernick became an unlikely civil rights activist by kneeling to the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. His silent protest sparked conversations and similar ones by NFL players, while also sparking controversy. At the same time, he regularly speaks out against injustice and racism.

“Football Family. Delighted to share the pitch with our Honorary Captain for Saturday’s Maize and Blue Spring Game,” the UM football account tweeted.

Michigan’s spring football game kicks off Saturday at noon.

Kapernick, 34, hasn’t played since 2016 in the NFL and in 2019 won an NFL grievance with Eric Reid that they were denied league jobs because they knelt during the anthem before the matches. Both said the league colluded to keep them out of the sport.


Colin Kaepernick and UM QB Cade McNamara/Courtesy: UM Football on Twitter.

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