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Colin Kaepernick Basic Information
|Stage Name:||Colin Kaepernick|
|Real Name:||Colin Rand Kaepernick|
|Occupation:||Professional American Football Player, Philanthropist, and Civil Rights Activist|
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|Place of Birth:||Milwaukee, Wisconsin|
|Marital Status:||In A Relationship|
Colin Kaepernick Biography
In 1987, white American Heidi Russo, then 19 years old, gave birth to Kaepernick in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Before Kaepernick was born, Russo split up with his black American birth father, who is now unidentified and is of Ivorian, Ghanaian, and Nigerian descent. Until the age of four, Kaepernick resided in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, until his family relocated to California. Kaepernick started playing youth football as a defensive end and punter when he was eight. He started at quarterback for his youth squad at nine, completing his first pass for a long touchdown. Kaepernick attended John H. Pitman High School in Turlock, California, and earned a 4.0 GPA while participating in football, basketball, and baseball. He was nominated for all-state selection in those three sports his senior year.
He helped his school win its first-ever postseason game and was the Central California Conference’s most valuable player (MVP) in football. He played forward and was a first-team All-CCC selection in basketball. In the first round of the playoffs, he guided his 16th-ranked team to an almost upset of No. 1-ranked Oak Ridge High School. Kaepernick scored 34 points in the contest, but future NBA player Ryan Anderson of Oak Ridge led his side to victory with 50 points.
Heidi Russo, a white American woman 19, gave birth to Kaepernick. Before Kaepernick was born, his birth mother, a black American man of Ghanaian, Nigerian, and Ivorian origin, whose name is unknown, split from Russo. Russo gave Kaepernick up for adoption, and at the age of five weeks, he was given to Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, a white couple. Son Kyle and daughter Devon were the couple’s two biological offspring. After losing two boys to heart problems, Kaepernick adopted Colin.
His siblings are Kyle and Devon. Devon, his only sister, appears to be a vocal supporter of her brother in public despite the online outrage. Almost all of her posts include him, and many photographs are of him or are related to his work.
The quarterback, a free agent in the NFL, and Vanessa Diab gave birth to a child in August 2022.
Colin is not yet legally wed. He does, however, have Vanessa Diab, his lifelong partner and the mother of his child. Vanessa Diab, commonly called “Nessa,” is a radio and television personality from the United States. Nessa is a well-known radio and TV host in the United States. On MTV and YouTube, she has presided over interviews with various celebrities. In 2015, she assumed Angie Martinez’s place on Hot97 in New York, where she broadcasts her primetime program, “The Nessa Show.” In 2018, she began presenting the chat show “Stoop” for NBCUniversal. Since 2015, Colin and Nessa have been dating.
Most of Kaepernick’s high school honours came from his accomplishments as a pitcher. He was given numerous scholarship opportunities in that field but preferred to play college football. Kaepernick only received a football scholarship from the University of Nevada, Reno, and he committed to Nevada in February 2006.
In 2007, Kaepernick joined the Wolf Pack as a backup quarterback and participated in 11 of the team’s 13 games. He had a successful season with 2,175 passing yards, 19 passing touchdowns, three interceptions, and a 53.8% completion rate. Nevada finished 6-7 as Kaepernick gained 593 running yards and six rushing touchdowns.
As a sophomore, Kaepernick accumulated 1,130 rushing yards, 17 rushing touchdowns, 1,849 throwing yards, 22 passing touchdowns, and seven interceptions. In a single season, he became the sixth athlete in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for at least 1,000 more. He recorded 370 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, two interceptions, 15 rushing yards, and one rushing touchdown at the Humanitarian Bowl, earning him the game’s MVP honours despite his team’s defeat. Kaepernick was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Year following the game. Since Marshall Faulk of San Diego State won this honour in 1992, he was the first sophomore to do it.
The Chicago Cubs selected Kaepernick in the 43rd round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. He declined to sign with the Cubs because he decided to continue playing football at the University of Nevada. Kaepernick ended his junior season with 2,052 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns, six interceptions, 1,183 running yards, and 16 rushing touchdowns. In the WAC, Kaepernick guided the Wolf Pack to an 8-5 record and a runner-up finish behind unbeaten Boise State. He received a second-team quarterback All-WAC season honour.
The Boise State Broncos’ 24-game winning streak stretched back to the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl was broken on November 26, 2010. Kaepernick guided his team to a 34-31 overtime victory over the previously unbeaten team. This contest marked Kaepernick’s final at-home games and Nevada senior night. The head coach of Nevada, Chris Ault, later referred to this victory as the “most significant win in program history.”
Kaepernick finished his senior year with 1,206 running yards, 20 rushing touchdowns, 21 passing touchdowns, 3,022 passing yards, eight interceptions, and 21 passing touchdowns. He became the second quarterback in FBS history to have 20 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing touchdowns in the same season, joining Tim Tebow of Florida. Nevada defeated Louisiana Tech to win a share of the WAC championship. Together with Kellen Moore, who had previously won the honour in 2009, Kaepernick was named the WAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year.
In addition to 4,112 rushing yards and 59 rushing touchdowns, Kaepernick concluded his collegiate career with 10,098 throwing yards, 82 passing touchdowns, 24 interceptions, and. He accomplished a feat that any other quarterback has never matched in Division I FBS college football history by being the first quarterback to pass for more than 10,000 yards and sprint for more than 4,000 yards in the same career. Additionally, he shared the record for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in FBS history with Eric Crouch, a former Nebraska quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner.
Kaepernick had a 4.0 GPA throughout college and earned a bachelor’s degree in business management in 2011. Kaepernick was eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft following his senior year. At the 2011 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos made a trade for Kaepernick on April 29, 2011, moving up from the thirteenth pick (45th overall) in the second round to the fourth pick (36th overall). The Broncos traded the 36th overall pick for the overall picks 45, 108, and 141.
Before the 2016 season began, Kaepernick was active on social media in July, making social commentary on the tragic police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the shooting of Charles Kinsey, and the police’s acquittal in the death of Freddie Gray. Reporter Steve Wyche observed Kaepernick seated rather than standing during “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the 49ers’ third preseason game.
In a post-game interview, Kaepernick clarified his stance, citing several African-American deaths brought on by law enforcement that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. He also said he would keep protesting until he felt “[the American flag] represents what it’s supposed to represent.” In the two weeks prior, when he wasn’t playing and wasn’t in uniform due to injuries, Kaepernick had also sat during the anthem, but it had largely gone unnoticed.
After speaking with former NFL player and U.S. military veteran Nate Boyer during the 49ers’ fourth and final preseason game, Kaepernick kneeled during the playing of the national anthem to demonstrate more respect for the nation’s military personnel, both past and present while continuing his protest. In a statement following the police shootings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott in September 2016, Kaepernick said, “This is a perfect example of what this is about.” Then, images of him wearing socks with pig-shaped police officers appeared. He confessed to donning them in a statement as a protest against “rogue cops”.
He insisted that he has friends or relatives who work in law enforcement, that some police officers have “good intentions” and protect and serve the public, and that he was not specifically targeting them. Before each 49ers game that season, Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem.
After initially facing some criticism for his protests, Kaepernick pledged to give $1 million to “organizations working in oppressed communities”. He gave $25,000 to the group Mothers Against Police Brutality, which was founded by Collette Flanagan, whose son was a victim of police brutality. In 2018, Kaepernick declared he would fulfil the last $100,000 of his “Million Dollar Pledge” by giving $10,000 to charities, with a celebrity match.
Other NFL players and professional athletes followed Kaepernick’s lead and engaged in silent demonstrations while playing the national anthem. As the player who most embodied the inspirational and courageous play of former 49er Len Eshmont, his San Francisco colleagues gave him the team’s Len Eshmont Award. Kaepernick was “zero distraction” that season, according to the 49ers’ head coach at the time, Chip Kelly.
Kaepernick and his partner Nessa established the “Know Your Rights Camp” in 2016, which offered free lectures to underprivileged kids to teach them about self-empowerment, American history, and legal rights. The Know Your Rights Camp established a relief fund for those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in April 2020. Kaepernick gave the fund $100,000. His benevolence has been acknowledged and honoured, including
- 2017 GQ Magazine Citizen of the Year
- 2017 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award
- 2017 American Civil Liberties Union Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award
- 2017 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship honoree
- 2018 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award
- 2018 Harvard University W. E. B. Du Bois Medal
- 2020 Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights
The quarterback’s net worth is reportedly $22 million.
Colin Kaepernick certainly has a passion for collecting cars. The Jaguar F-Type painted in “Firenze red” and a Jaguar XJL are the collection’s showpiece vehicles.
He has a number of homes in the US, including a mansion in Los Angeles. He put his house up for sale in San Jose. Kaepernick is presently a New York City resident. He invested $3.21 million in a lavish apartment in Tribeca, New York. In the past, Kaepernick owned a house in San Jose. He sold his home in the Bay Area for about $3.075 million before buying his current residence in New York.
When Kaepernick was a college football player for the Nevada Wolf Pack, he was twice named the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Offensive Player of the Year. He also made history by becoming the first NCAA Division I player to have 10,000 passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards in a single season.
Kaepernick completed his collegiate career with 10,098 throwing yards, 82 passing touchdowns, 24 interceptions, 4,112 running yards and 59 rushing touchdowns. He accomplished an unprecedented record by being the first quarterback in Division I FBS college football history to pass for more than 10,000 yards and rush for more than 4,000 yards in the same career. He also shared the record for the most career running touchdowns by a quarterback in FBS history with former Nebraska quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch.
He was chosen by the 49ers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft after graduating. After Alex Smith suffered a concussion in the middle of the 2012 season, Kaepernick took over as the starting quarterback for the 49ers. He had started his professional football career as Smith’s backup. For the remainder of the season, he continued to serve as the team’s starting quarterback, guiding them to their first Super Bowl trip since 1994. In 2013, Kaepernick’s first entire season as a starter, he assisted the 49ers in winning the NFC Championship. The 49ers missed the playoffs for the next three seasons while Kaepernick lost and regained the starting quarterback position.
After the 2016 season, Kaepernick went unsigned as a free agent for political reasons, which many analysts and observers have linked to. He filed a grievance against the NFL and its owners in November 2017 and claimed they conspired to keep him out of the league. In February 2019, Kaepernick withdrew the complaint after striking a private settlement with the NFL. Although George Floyd’s demonstrations against racism and police brutality brought his protests new exposure in 2020, no professional football team has yet to recruit him.