What You May Not Know About Colin Kaepernick

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Colin Kaepernick has been making headlines recently for his refusal to stand during the National Anthem. He has publicly stated that by sitting, he was standing up for minorities who are oppressed every day.

Whether you agree with his stance or not, you can’t help to wonder how he became the man that he is today. Someone that would risk the millions of dollars he earns playing a sport that he loves to stand up for people he’s never met.

Here are facts you probably didn’t know about Colin:

Colin’s birth mother was Heidi Russo, who was also white. She had him at 19 years and could not afford to provide for him and raise him properly. Colin’s biological father was an African American who had already left Heidi before Colin was even born.

Heidi has actually made headlines along with her estranged son, by criticizing Colin of embarrassing himself and shaming America by his protests.

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Here are some of the tweets that Heidi Russo, Colin’s biological mother, tweeted regarding the situation:

 

 

She then went on to clarify her stance on the situation after the public backlash she received from her original tweets:

 

 

Colin was adopted by Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, both white, when he was just 6 weeks old. Rick and Teresa had lost 2 of their own sons to heart defects and were looking for a boy to fill their void. He would become the youngest of 3 children, growing up with older brother Kyle and sister Devon Kaepernick.

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Colin is a devout Christian.

Many of the tattoos on his body reference the bible. On his right arm, there’s a scroll with the verse Psalm 18:39 written on it. Underneath that scroll is the phrase “To God The Glory” with praying hands.

On his left arm, there’s a crucifix with “Heaven Sent” on it with “God Will Guide Me” around it. His back also has a large tattoo of angels fighting against demons.

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Colin was a jack of all trades in sports. He was a star basketball player in high school, taking his team to the regional playoffs where he lost to the top seeded team that included future NBA player Ryan Anderson. Kaepernick scored 34 points that game but Anderson scored 50.

He was also a star pitcher in high school. He reportedly was able to throw a 92 mph fastball and actually pitched 2 no-hitters in high school. He received many scholarships to college for his baseball accolades.

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He was also the star quarterback for his high school team, but he only received one scholarship to play football in college. It was to the University of Nevada.

He had his mind set that he wanted to play football in college, so in 2007, he enrolled at the University of Nevada.

In 2009, 2 years into his college career, Colin was drafted by the Chicago Cubs to pitch in Major League Baseball.

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With his heart set on football, he declined signing with the Cubs.

Some might say that was a dumb decision, but his choice on staying in college led him to become the only player in NCAA division-1 history to pass for 10,000 yards and rush for 4,000 yards.

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In 2011, he was selected by the San Francisco 49ers as the 36th overall pick in the NFL draft.

In his first season, Kaepernick mainly sat on the bench as Alex Smith was the 49ers’ starting quarterback.

It wasn’t until week 11 of the 2012 season when Kaepernick finally got his chance due to a concussion suffered by Alex Smith.

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Week 11’s game against the Chicago Bears was Colin’s first NFL start and he was spectacular, throwing for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns with zero interceptions. They won handedly 32-7.

Alex Smith was cleared to play the next game, but coach Jim Harbaugh chose to go with Kaepernick.

This decision was highly questionable at the time as Alex Smith was 19-5 under coach Harbaugh and led the league in completion percentage at 70% and was 3rd in the league in passer rating at 104.1.

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Despite Smith’s great track record, coach Harbaugh chose to go with Kaepernick the rest of the season because he was more dynamic because of his ability to throw the ball deep and run the ball.

This decision proved to pay dividends. In his first career postseason start, Kaepernick set the NFL single-game record for most yards rushed by a quarterback at 181.

He was able to lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl that year but lost a grueling matchup to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31.

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In 2014, he signed a massive contract extension that was reportedly worth $126 million. Despite the reported value, he is not set to make nearly that much.

$12.3 million of it was guaranteed as a signing bonus, but he only made $645,000 as salary in 2014. In 2015, he was supposed to make $12.4 million in salary, but he only made $10.4 million due to poor performance.

And every year, the salary will keeping dropping by $2 million if he is not selected to the first or second team All-Pro or if the 49ers don’t make the Super Bowl the previous season.

His $1 million donation announcement hurts him a lot more than people realize.

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Source: SportsChew.com