Colin Kaepernick to throw at halftime of Michigan's spring game


Colin Kaepernick won't just be the honorary captain for Michigan football's spring game on Saturday.

He'll be throwing in front of scouts and fans at halftime in the Big House in his latest attempt to make a return to the NFL, 97.1 The Ticket's and Michigan play-by-play man Doug Karsch reported Thursday.

"He’s been doing workouts trying to stay on the radar and he is going to throw at halftime of the Michigan spring game," per Karsch.

The game, which is slated to start at noon, is open to the public with no cost of admission and will also be televised live on the Big Ten Network.

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Kaepernick, who played for Harbaugh for four seasons with the 49ers and helped the team reach the Super Bowl in 2012, last played in the NFL in 2016, the same year he began kneeling during the national anthem before games to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

He's made a few comeback attempts since, including in 2018 when he held a private throwing session in Houston and again in 2019 when he held a public workout in Atlanta that was attended by a handful of NFL teams after which he told reporters on hand, "I've been ready for three years. I've been denied for three years. We all know why."

"I came out here today and showed it in front of everybody," Kaepernick said. "We have nothing to hide. We're waiting for the 32 owners, the 32 teams, Roger Goodell to stop running. Stop running from the truth, stop running from the people."

Now 34, Kaepernick has mounted another push this offseason. He's held multiple throwing sessions in Seattle, including one earlier this month with longtime Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett that Kaepernick shared on social media. He also threw to fellow Seahawks receiver Aaron Fuller last week.

It's unclear how many NFL teams will be represented on Saturday, especially with the draft less than a month away. Spring games like Michigan's tend to draw lower-level scouts.