San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has had a busy off-season this year which included posing for ESPN The Magazine’s annual “Body Issue.” The issue hits newsstands on July 12, but you can get a sneak peak of the photo shoot in the video below.
Niner fans literally see a different side of Kaepernick in the behind the scenes video with him posing nude for the “Body Issue.” Not only does the video go behind the scenes of him posing, but it’s also presented like a profile of the QB with him talking about his new fame and how he is dealing with everything. He says in the video fame is “a little awkward” and he is still getting used to being the face of the 49ers franchise. He says, “off the field I wish I could just walk around like a normal person, I mean chill with my family and friends, and go about my business.”
One of the things Kaepernick is asked about is if he is concerned about not fitting the standard imagine of a quarterback in the NFL. He responded:
To me I don’t want to be that perfect mold of this is what every quarterback before has looked like, this is what you are supposed to look like. One of the biggest things when I started playing was ‘well you have tattoos, you don’t dress the same way most quarterbacks do.’ To me as long as I go out and play well, it shouldn’t be a problem how I dress or whether I have tattoos or not, or whether I am rocking a snapback or a beanie. To me that’s just part of who I am.
The highlight of the video for Niner fans is when Kaepernick is asked about the Super Bowl loss to the Baltimore Ravens:
Is there one particular play that just keeps flashing and replaying in your head?
I think there are two plays. The pick I threw across the middle. And the last play of the game to Crab. I knew it was a coverage-zero-blitz and I knew they were coming. I audibled to Crab to make sure we had the best shot. And all I think about is I overthrew him on it, should I have just thrown a jump ball, should I have just thrown a back shoulder throw to him. To really give him a chance to go up and get it versus that DB. To me I really feel like I didn’t give him a chance on that play.
Do you still feel it?
Every day, I don’t think that feeling will ever go away.
Well, the feeling can go away…with a Super Bowl win this season.