In an interview with TMZ Sports, Brett Favre answered questions regarding Colin Kaepernick and a possible return to the NFL. The Hall of Fame Green Bay Packers QB said that Kaep will be stamped in history as another NFL player who fought in Afghanistan.
“It’s not easy for a guy his age Black, White, Hispanic, whatever to stop something that you’ve always dreamed of doing and put it on hold maybe forever,” Favre said of Kaepernick. “Pat Tillman’s another guy who did something similar and we regard him as a hero.”
Pat Tillman played corner for the Arizona Cardinals from 1998 to 2001 before leaving the NFL to join the U.S. Army in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attack. Tillman was killed in 2004 by accidental friendly fire.
Favre believes that Tillman’s sacrifice and Kaep’s are one in the same in that both gave up their dreams for what they believe to be the greater good. In regard to a second shot at the league, Favre believes that the athlete/activist can still thrive in the NFL.
“I can’t imagine him being that far out of shape or that far out of touch with football… I thought he was a dynamic player,” Favre said. The 1-time Super Bowl Champion praised Kaepernick for his ability to run with the ball and still be a threat as a passer something that NFL teams have sought out of Quarterbacks in the modern game.
With the NFL essentially apologizing for the mishandling of the Kaepernick led protests, fans, players and even NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have encouraged teams to take a chance on Kaepernick. It’s been reported that at least one team is seriously considering signing Kaepernick after nearly 4 years away from the game.
The Los Angeles Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn said he plans to workout Kaep during the preseason saying that his style of play fits their offense. Kaepernick has always maintained that he is ready to return telling NFL teams at one point to “stop running” and give him a shot.