Sports Illustrated’s Peter King interviewed Colin Kaepernick’s trainer, Richard Hidalgo, last week, and asked the trainer if Kaepernick still wants to play football.
“Colin has been there since January, training with me five days a week,” Hidalgo said. “We have been getting ready for football as if he was a starting quarterback for an NFL team. When I read that people don’t know if Colin wants to play football … this guy’s been doing it five hours a day, five days a week, like he has a starting NFL job. And we don’t take days off.”
Hidalgo went on to say that Kaepernick “is in phenomenal condition. If gets invited, he will not only show up and try his hardest, he will push to be a starter. He’s got that much talent.”
Hidalgo confirms the point I made last week that Kaepernick is unemployed because he’s holding out for a starting job. I don’t think Kaepernick wants to settle for a backup job like Ryan Fitzpatrick did a few days ago.
At the end of the Sports Illustrated article, King says “Kaepernick needs to be heard from,” and needs to publicly answer the following questions: “Do you still want to play? Will you be overly focused on off-field stuff during the season? In short: Will you be a distraction?”
Kaepernick should not follow King’s advice. It’s terrible. NFL teams already feel that Kaepernick draws too much attention to himself. Holding a press conference to say he won’t be a distraction just would seem like another distraction and cry for attention. Kaepernick needs to be quiet and stay in shape.