Tom Brady has a new book out, and he is currently making the media rounds discussing it, and plenty more. He recently sat down with CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell, and she asked him about free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick. She asked him if he thinks Kaepernick can play again in the NFL, and Brady said he thinks Kaepernick is qualified and he hopes he get sa shot.
“I sure hope so. I’ve always watched him and admired him, the way that he’s played. He was a great young quarterback. He came to our stadium and beat us and took his team to the Super Bowl in 2012. He accomplished a lot in the pros as a player and he’s certainly qualified. I hope he gets a shot.”
Brady joins Aaron Rodgers in offering some sort of affirmative response to Kaepernick getting back in the NFL. Rodgers was much more blunt with his answer, stating that Kaepernick is not in the NFL right now because of his protest. Brady tries to avoid saying anything too controversial, but there is no indication if O’Donnell followed up about the protests.
Drew Brees is another truly notable current NFL quarterback to discuss the topic, and he previously said he does not think the protest is the reason he is out of the league. Back in May, he said Kaepernick was not being blackballed, but also that he was good enough to be in the NFL. He said at the time, “I’m sure there are offers being made to him. It’s just a matter of him choosing the right opportunity.”
And in case you’re wondering whether Kaepernick wants to play, he apparently chatted with Cris Carter this weekend, and the Hall of Fame wide receiver is under the impression Kaepernick is in football shape and ready for someone to call.