“I would wear that responsibility like a badge of honor!” Colin Kaepernick’s extended letter to join the Jets after Aaron Rodgers’ injury goes viral

Aaron Rodgers suffered a season-ending Achilles injury during week 1 of the 2023 regular season.


“I would wear that responsibility like a badge of honor!” Colin Kaepernick’s extended letter to join the Jets after Aaron Rodgers’ injury goes viral

Aaron Rodgers (L) and Colin Kaepernick (R) (Credits: Imago)

The New York Jets are currently in shambles since they don’t have a solid quarterback on their roster. They are losing games despite having one of the best rosters in the league due to poor quarterback play. Zach Wilson, who became the starting QB of the Jets after Aaron Rodgers‘ unexpected injury in week 1, has been awful in the Jets’ first three games. Amidst this complicated situation, the former NFL QB Colin Kaepernick has requested the Jets to give him an opportunity as the starting signal-caller of the New York-based football team.

“I would be honored and extremely grateful for the opportunity to come in and lead the practice squad,” Kaepernick wrote in a long letter which was released by Hip-Hop artist J. Cole on social media. “I would do this with the sole mission of getting your defense ready each week. If I were able to fill this role, I believe this allows for multiple things.”

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“I would be committed to getting your defense ready week in and week out, all season long, and I would wear that responsibility like a badge of honor.” The former San Francisco 49es QB also wrote that adding him to the squad would be a great risk-free contingency plan for the Jets, who are currently struggling with Zach Wilson as their leader.

Kaepernick, who is currently 35 years old, hasn’t played in an NFL game in 7 years. The last time he played an NFL game was back in 2017. But he claims that he has been training for 5-6 days a week and still can easily throw for 60-plus yards.

It is no secret that the NY Jets are struggling without the veteran Aaron Rodgers, who went down with an unfortunate Achilles injury during the Jets week 1 game earlier this month. But are they struggling that much to resort to having Kaepernick as their starting QB? The league might find the answer soon for that question soon.

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J.Cole released Colin Kaepernick’s letter on social media

In a long letter shared by the famed rapper J.Cole on social media, Colin Kaepernick continued that adding him to the Jets practice squad would give the defense an advantage of getting a truer read on playing against athletic and mobile quarterbacks.

Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick (Image via SI)

“It gives your Defense, the advantage of getting a truer read on the more mobile/athletic/versatile quarterbacks it will face when in weeks 4, 5, and 6 ([Patrick] Mahomes, [Russell] Wilson, and [Jalen] Hurts),” wrote Kaepernick.

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Furthermore, he also added that he would not put any competitive pressure on Zach Wilson as he understands the need to keep him confident for the Jets’ long-term benefit. He vowed to boost Wilson’s confidence in any interactions they have.

It should be noted that Kaepernick became a controversial figure in the football world after he started kneeling during the national anthem to protest against racial inequality and police brutality. Later, he even compared the NFL Draft to the slave system in his Netflix documentary. But now he is eager to get back on the field.

J.Cole, who released the letter on social media, claimed that Colin Kaepernick was initially hesitant about making the letter public. But after the two friends had conversations, Kaepernick gave the green signal for Cole to post the letter.

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Nonetheless, the Jets haven’t made any comments about Kaepernick’s public plea as of now. They continue to put their trust in their former second-overall pick Zach Wilson despite heavy criticism.

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