Quotes from Colin Kaepernick


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Every time I step on the field, I step on the field to make plays.


I have great respect for people's right to believe what they want to believe. And I don't think anybody should be prosecuted or judged based on what their beliefs are.


If I got a football scholarship, I was going to be a football player.


You have to be able to do everything as a quarterback, and that's not necessarily taking care of your job but making sure you're preparing everyone else to go out and play well. And make sure you have them in the right mindset when they step on the field.


When I'm actually getting off the bus, I still have my gospel playing. That's the way-to-the-game kind of music.


I was not going to let people tell me what I'm capable of.


Sometimes, when things are going really well, I feel like I've already seen things - it's the flashback feeling in a good way. Like I'm watching a rerun, because I've studied this defense and know what comes next. Now, that is a good feeling, when your mind is working fast because you've studied, and you realize, 'I've seen this before.'


I felt the way people talked to me was like, 'It's OK to be No. 2 in the NFL, a backup,' and things like that. That's never been my approach.


It was just something - I didn't agree with what the flag was representing at this time, and you know, if you look at the original picture where people addressed it, I was trying to sit behind the coolers and out of the way, 'cause I didn't want to interrupt anybody else's right to stand and hold attention to the flag.


The biggest thing is I watch myself: What I need to improve on, what I can do different.


At the end of the day, you have to look at, 'Are they knowledgeable? Are they doing their job?' Not what their appearance is.


I do want to be a representative of the African community, and I want to hold myself and dress myself in a way that reflects that. I want black kids to see me and think, 'Okay, he's carrying himself as a black man, and that's how a black man should carry himself.'


I'm still trying to improve. Everything I can do to improve every part of my game - I'm going to do it.


When you step on the field, you want to be a starter. You want to be the person everybody looks to and says, 'If we need a play to be made, let's go to him.'


Whatever the offense dictates to allow me doing what I or this offense needs to do to win games, I'm going to do it.


I think the biggest part of my game that's underestimated is the mental part of it.


Quarterbacks can still have good bodies. I'm always conscious of the stereotype. I want to change what people think. There's a lot more to it than what you see on the field.


I don't watch too much TV when it comes to sports or news or things like that.


I've had times where one of my roommates was moving out of the house in college, and because we were the only black people in that neighborhood, the cops got called, and we had guns drawn on us. Came in the house, without knocking, guns drawn on my teammates and roommates. So I have experienced this.


Thankfully, God blessed me with some legs that move pretty good, and we also get to wear pads, so I should be alright.