1. Colin Rand Kaepernick (born November 3, 1987) is an American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL).
2. He played college football at Nevada, and was drafted by the 49ers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
3. At Nevada, he twice was named the Western Athletic Offensive Player of the Year, and he was the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl.
4. Kaepernick began his pro career as the 49ers’ backup to starter Alex Smith.
5. In the middle of the 2012 season, Kaepernick filled in for an injured Smith and became the full-time starter as the 49ers advanced to the NFL playoffs for the second straight season.
6. He set an NFL record for most rushing yards (181) by a quarterback in a game (playoffs or regular season) in his first playoff game.
7. After beating the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship 28-24, he led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl since 1994, where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.
8. Kaepernick was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Heidi Russo, a 19-year-old woman who was single and destitute at the time.
9. His birth father, an African American, was out of the picture before he was born. Kaepernick became the youngest of their three children.
10. He lived in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, until age four, and attended grade school in Turlock, California.
11. Kaepernick began playing youth football at age eight as a defensive end and punter.
12. He then became his youth team’s starting quarterback at age nine, and he completed his first competitive pass for a long touchdown.
13. He went on to win several punt, pass, and kick competitions mainly on his passing ability. at John H. Pitman High School in Turlock, California, he was a three-sport star who passed up a promising baseball career as a pitcher in order to play football.
14. Kaepernick was nominated for all-state in football, basketball, and baseball in his senior year.
15. He was the MVP of the Central California Conference in football leading his school to its first-ever playoff victory.
16. In basketball he was a first-team all CCC selection at forward and led his 16th-ranked team to a near upset of the Number 1-ranked Oak Ridge Trojans in the opening round of playoffs.
17. In that game Kaepernick scored 34 points but Ryan Anderson scored 50 to beat the Pitman Pride.
18. 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 football in college.
19. 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 he was suffering from a fever of 102?F (39?C).
20. 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.
21. He was a two-time California all-state baseball player and was listed as a draftable prospect on Major League Baseball’s website in the class of 2006.