Josh Hidalgo is Head of Sports Performance at The Sports Center NYC William Paterson University. But right now his most prominent role is as the trainer of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been cast out into the wilderness by the NFL — an exile that many believe is more about Kaepernick’s controversial activism than his inability to get first downs. (Kaepernick started the fraught protest of players kneeling during the national anthem.) Kaepernick has sued the NFL accordingly, claiming collusion by owners has kept him from taking snaps. After all, this guy led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013. He’s hardly a hack. Now he can’t even get a backup job?
Hildalgo has been posting videos of his work with Kaepernick, who looks strong-armed in the bursts we see. Whether these videos are meant to influence NFL upper management or a jury is unclear, but Kaepernick looks impressive hitting his receiver running various patterns. An NFL scout may see something in his throwing motion to criticize. But to a layperson jury, Kaepernick’s obvious fitness and strong arm in these videos will certainly make collusion look more plausible.