Colin Kaepernick is a big reason why the San Francisco 49ers clinched the NFC West and a second-round bye in the playoffs this season. No Niners fans can deny Kaepernick’s confidence or heart, but what the heck was he doing wearing a Milwaukee Brewers in an interview with the NFL Network?
Should Kaepernick defeat the Green Bay Packers on Saturday, which all Niner fans know will happen, he will etch his name in 49ers history. But what I don’t understand is why Kaep would wear a Brewers hat the same week the 49ers are hosting the Packers in the playoffs. Yes, he was born in Milwaukee and I wouldn’t be surprised if was a fan, but the timing of wearing a Brewers hat on a national TV network is puzzling. What doesn’t help the situation is Kaep saying he grew up a Packers fan and watched Brett Favre every Sunday, even though he lived in Wisconsin for only the first four years of his life. Sure, support any team you want outside of the NFL, but don’t wear a cap of a team from the same state as the Packers the same week you are playing them in the postseason.
The irony here is that Aaron Rodgers grew up in Northern California and was a huge 49ers fan, while Kaepernick was born in Wisconsin and was a huge Packers fan. Now, both quarterbacks find themselves in the postseason facing off against the team they grew cheering for.
Another twist is that Alex Smith wore a San Francisco Giants hat during the teams recent championship run and was almost fined $15,000 for wearing a non-NFL-sponsored hat of another league during post-game interviews. It should be noted the reason Smith started wearing the Giants hat was to support a fellow team from the same city, but it also might have had to do with the flack he received from Niners fans for wearing a San Diego Padres hat. Like Kaepernick, Smith wore the Padres because he was supporting the baseball team from his hometown. But, would Smith dare to wear a Padres cap during the same week if the 49ers and San Diego Chargers were facing off in the Super Bowl? It is highly unlikely.
Despite Kaepernick wearing a Brewers hat, I don’t doubt his allegiance to the 49ers on Saturday. It should be noted when he was in fourth grade he wrote a note to himself saying he would be a quarterback for the 49ers. Having said that, he also wrote in the same note he would go to the “pros and play on the Niners or the Packers, even if they aren’t good in seven years.” However, if the Niners are all of a sudden down by multiple touchdowns early in the game, and he is the reason why because of turnovers, we might have a conspiracy on our hands.
Click here to see a video of the interview with the NFL Network.