Collin Kaepernick is an American civil rights activist and football quarterback who is a free agent. As a political activist, he knelt during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality in the United States and played six seasons for the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL (National Football League).
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He played college football for the Nevada Wolf Pack. He was named the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Offensive Player of the year twice.
After he graduated, he was selected by the 49ers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. And started his professional football career as a backup quarterback to Alex Smith.
Name: Collin Kaepernick
Date of Birth: November 3, 1987
Age: 32 years
Place of Birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Collin Kaepernick Early Life
Collin was born on the 3rd of November, 1987 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Heidi Russo. His mother is white, while his father is African-American (of Ghanaian, Nigerian, and Ivorian ancestry).
Collin’s father and mother separated before he was born, his mother placed him for adoption with a white couple named Rick and Teresa Kaepernick.
Collin lived in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, until age four, before his parents moved to California. At age eight, Collin began playing Youth football as a defensive end and punter.
He was a 4.0 GPA student at John H. Pitman High School in Turlock, California, he played football, baseball, and basketball.
In his senior year, he was nominated for all-state selection in all three sports. Collin was the most valuable player of the Central California Conference in football, he led his school to its first-ever playoff victory.
Collin Kaepernick Career
In 2007, Collin started his college career with the Wolf packs as a back-up quarterback, playing in 11 of the team’s 13 games.
He finished this season with 19 passing touchdowns, 2,175 passing yards, and 3 interceptions, garnering a 53.8% completion percentage.
Colin Kaepernick was the 5th player in NCAA history to pass 2000 yards and rush for 1000 or more yards in a single interception.
As a sophomore, Collin recorded 22 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 2,489 passing yards, 1,130 rushing yards, and 17 rushing touchdowns.
While at the Humanitarian Bowl, he had 3 passing touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 370 passing yards, 15 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown, and earned the game’s MVP award despite his team lost the game.
Colin Kaepernick got selected in the 43rd round in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, by the Chicago Cubs. He decided to play football at the University of Nevada, so he did not sign with the Cubs.
On the 29th of April, 2011, the San Francisco 49ers traded up with the Denver Broncos from the 13th pick in the second round (45th overall) to select Collin as the 4th pick in the second round (36th overall) at the 2011 NFL Draft.
In 2012, he was used sparingly to run certain plays. On a seven-yard run against the New York Jets, he scored his first career touchdown in the team’s fourth game.
Netflix Producing Six Episodes Series based on Collin Kaepernick high school days
Netflix announced that it is producing a six-episode series based on Colin Kaepernick’s adolescent life on Monday. The series provides an introspective look at his early life as a black child that grew up with a white adopted family.
And how he became a great quarterback while defining his identity. The six-episode series is titled “Colin in Black $ White”.