Quotes from Colin Kaepernick


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A lot of them have families to feed, and I think it's a tragic situation where players aren't comfortable speaking what's on their mind or what's right because they're afraid of consequences that come along with it. That's not an ideal environment for anybody.


I'm here to play football.


Victor Cruz just got his deal with Givenchy - amazing. I was so excited for him. That was amazing. So I think there are great opportunities for a lot of athletes out there.


Training, that's my specialty.


I never weighed myself when I was at my lightest because I didn't want to know.


Nobody cares if you're black, white, straight, gay, Christian, Jewish, whatever it may be. When you step on that field, you're a member, in my case, the 49ers. That's your job, your occupation.


I don't play for job security.


I trained with a few Olympic runners and jumpers. Just to try to get a little bit faster, a little bit better. Anything I could do to try to get a little bit better and stay ahead of the competition.


Once you're on the field, you're playing. You're not worried about anything other than doing your job to help your team.


You're going to hurt, yes. You're going to have tweaks and problems. But you're a football player; you can play through those.


I'm going to speak the truth when I'm asked about it.


To me, when people say, 'Oh, you're a freak athlete,' it's bittersweet. It's a huge compliment to say, 'O.K., you have physical abilities that are kind of above and beyond.' But at the same time, I feel like it diminishes the mental side of the game.


To try to prey on athletes' livelihoods while one is going through a tough time is embarrassing to me.


I never felt that I was supposed to be white. Or black, either. My parents just wanted to let me be who I needed to be.


My parents told me from the time I can remember that, 'Yeah, you're adopted. But this is your family.' I can remember my mom, she tells me this story: when I was little, I was looking at her, and I was like, 'Why isn't my skin the same color as yours?' She was like, 'Oh, you're adopted, but I wish I had pretty brown skin like you.'


I don't look like my high school self anymore. I feel like I look more like an adult now.


I think, between the tattoos, the way I dress, the way I talk, people don't think it should go together with a franchise quarterback or someone that's leading the team or representing the organization.


Once I get into the locker room, I turn on stuff to get me hyped up. Mainly, it's a lot of rap music.


You have to train hard and be strong while staying flexible and limber, so I'm trying to find that balance.


I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed.