Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Colin Kaepernick! (NFL)


Colin Rand Kaepernick was selected 36th overall
in the 2011 NFL Draft. EverythingTop10 is proud to present, “The
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Colin Kaepernick!” #10. Kaepernick was born in 1987 in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, to Heidi Russo, a 19-year-old who was single at the time. His birth father, an African-American man,
left Russo before Colin was born. Russo placed Colin for adoption with Rick
and Teresa Kaepernick, a white couple who had two children–son Kyle and daughter Devon–and
were looking for a boy after losing two other sons to heart defects. Kaepernick became the youngest of their three
children. He lived in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, until
age four, and attended grade school in Turlock, California. #9. When he was eight years old, he began playing
youth football as a defensive end and punter. He then became his youth team’s starting
quarterback at age nine, and he completed his first competitive pass for a long touchdown. A 4.0 GPA student at John H. Pitman High School
in Turlock, California, he played football, basketball, and baseball. He was nominated for All-State selection in
all three sports his senior year. #8. Kaepernick was the MVP of the Central California
Conference in football, leading his school to its first-ever playoff victory. In basketball, he was a first-team all CCC
selection at forward and led his 16th-ranked team to a near upset of #1 ranked Oak Ridge
High School in the opening round of the playoffs. In that game, Kaepernick scored 34 points,
but Ryan Anderson of Oak Ridge scored 50 points to beat Pitman. #7. Kaepernick achieved most of his accolades
in high school as a baseball pitcher and received several scholarship offers in that sport,
yet he desperately wanted to play college football. He was almost 6ʹ5ʺ as a senior, but weighed
only 170 pounds and his coaches generally kept him from running the ball to limit his
risk of injury. He also had poor throwing mechanics, despite
his strong arm. #6. During his junior year, Larry Nigro, Pitman’s
head coach at the time, made a highlight tape that Kaepernick’s brother, Kyle, copied
to DVD, then sent to about 100 Football Bowl Subdivision programs. Kaepernick received some interest, but no
scholarship offers. #5. Even as a senior, Kaepernick received little
attention from FBS schools. Although the University of Nevada, Reno coaching
staff frequently watched video of his high school team, no one from the Nevada Wolf Pack
football staff came to Turlock to see him play during his senior football season. Nevada head coach Chris Ault decided to offer
him a scholarship after one of his assistants, Barry Sacks, saw Kaepernick dominate a high
school basketball game on an evening where he was suffering from a fever of 102 °F.
Nevada was the only school to offer him a football scholarship, but was concerned that
he would opt for baseball until he signed in February 2006. #4. He was a two-time California all-state baseball
player and was listed as a draftable prospect on MLB’s website in the class of 2006. He earned Northern California athlete of the
week honors as a pitcher. As a senior in high school, he threw a 92-mph
fastball as reported during his first college football start in 2007 against Boise State. In his senior year of high school, he had
an ERA of 1.265 with 13 starts and 10 complete games. He finished the year with an 11-2 record with
97 strikeouts and 39 walks. In the 2009 MLB Draft, he was selected in
the 43rd round by the Chicago Cubs. He decided that he wanted to continue to play
football at the University of Nevada, Reno and chose not to sign with the Cubs. #3. In Kaepernick’s senior season at the University
of Nevada, Reno, he became the first player in NCAA history to have over 2,000 yards passing
and 1,000 yards rushing for three consecutive seasons. He is the only quarterback in the history
of Division I FBS college football to have passed for over 10,000 yards and rushed for
over 4,000 yards in a collegiate career. He graduated from the University of Nevada,
Reno in December 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in business management and is a member
of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. #2. In the 49ers’ final 2016 preseason game
on September 1, 2016, Kaepernick opted to kneel during the U.S. national anthem rather
than sit as he did in their previous games. He explained his decision to switch was an
attempt to show more respect to former and current U.S. military members while still
protesting during the anthem, after having a conversation with former NFL player and
U.S. military veteran Nate Boyer. #1. In the following weeks, Kaepernick’s jersey
became the highest-selling jersey on NFLShop.com. An NFL fan poll was taken during the beginning
of the 2016 NFL season, and he was voted the most disliked player in the NFL; this poll
was polarized, with 37% of Caucasians disliking him “a lot”, and 42% of African-Americans
liking him “a lot.” That’s all folks! Make sure you tune in next week for part 2
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