Colin Kaepernick threw to undrafted receivers at halftime of Michigan’s spring game for NFL scouts on Saturday and he is forever grateful to the man that made that possible.
Kaepernick was invited to Michigan by coach Jim Harbaugh, who coached him with the San Francisco 49ers, and was an honorary captain for the spring game.
The former NFL quarterback took to Twitter on Monday and thanked both Harbaugh and the Wolverines.
“Special thanks to @CoachJim4UM,” Kaepernick said on Twitter. “I’m grateful for him and the Wolverine community. It felt great to be back on the field with him during the halftime throwing session. Go blue!”
Kaepernick also had some kind words to say about Harbaugh after his throwing session:
“Coach Harbaugh, he’s always been phenomenal for me,” Kaepernick said. “From the time we met at the combine to my pro day to him drafting me and choosing to start me. From there, our relationship has continued to grow and develop. Phenomenal person. Phenomenal man. Lot of love for coach Harbaugh.”
Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since 2016, when the uproar over his kneeling during the national anthem before games and other polarizing activities forced his exile from the league. Prior to that, he led Harbaugh’s 49ers to the Super Bowl after the 2012 season and the NFC Championship game the following year.
The now 34-year-old has remained active in trying to get back into the NFL despite years away from the league and considerable backlash from opponents of his political stances.