A teammate of Colin Kaepernick’s last season says he has nothing but respect for Kaepernick and wishes people would ask him about his firsthand experience playing with the unsigned passer.

“I wish they would,” San Francisco 49ers receiver Jeremy Kerley told Alex Marvez and Phil Savage on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I would speak very highly of him.”

Kerley credited Kaepernick for having the bravery to stand up for what he believes.

“First, if you don’t stand for something then you don’t stand for nothing,” Kerley said. “He spoke up about a subject at a time where maybe just the right people weren’t stepping up. He did it, he stood behind it. He made the sacrifice that maybe not a lot of guys would have made knowing that the consequences would be what they were.”

Kerley stopped short of saying that he or his 49ers teammates agreed with Kaepernick’s famous anthem protests, however.

“Do I agree with it? Who’s to say. Everybody goes about their business a different way. But do I have much, much respect for him? Hell yeah.”

Kaepernick remains a free agent. Barring an injury, it appears unlikely he will sign with an NFL team this season.

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