Former Niners QB Would Have Loved to Play With Aiyuk

July 05, 2023

Athlete Studio

Colin Kaepernick,  a well-known name in the world of football, continues to make headlines. Now 35 years old, Kaepernick has ventured into various avenues, including activism, writing, and entertainment.

Throughout his time with the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick had an array of offensive options to target.  When questioned about his ideal choice of a fellow player to share the field with, Kaepernick's mind wandered to two of the most exceptional wideouts of our time: Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson. His respect for Johnson originates from a personal encounter that happened during his rookie year.

"What he did on the field my rookie year, we went and played in Detroit and I wasn't playing at the time, but I saw him after the game and I saw him come line up during the game, and his presence on the field, on top of obviously all the highlights and everything else ... to have someone like that as a quarterback, like that's a different weapon and different teammate to have out there," said Kaepernick.

Kaepernick emphasized Johnson's ability to make incredible plays, even in triple coverage. Having a receiver like Johnson would enable a quarterback to make different throws and take advantage of his skills.

When asked if there was a player on the current 49ers roster he would have loved to play with, Kaepernick immediately mentioned Brandon Aiyuk. He praised Aiyuk's shiftiness and his growing reputation as a talented player.

Anticipation surrounds Aiyuk's anticipated breakout performance in the coming season, and Kaepernick appears to recognize the budding potential in this emerging star receiver. The acknowledgment from a revered San Francisco icon like Kaepernick serves to further affirm Aiyuk's prospects of becoming a legendary wide receiver and continuing his growth.

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