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Colin Kaepernick Opens Up About Adoption, Race, Tattoos and Football

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is featured in Peter King’s new Monday Morning Quarterback column that gives a detailed and fascinating look into the usually reserved, but open Kaepernick about being adopted, bi-racial, his tattoos and the final drive of the Super Bowl.

King sat down with Colin after he visited his former high school during graduation and got a candid look at him while driving back to 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara.

On Race:

They were honest with me from the moment they had me. My parents always told me we could talk about it anytime I wanted to. I never really completely understood what it meant when I was young. To me, they were my family. I don’t remember how old I was. But I said to her one day, ‘Why is my skin darker than yours? I don’t really look the same as you.’ “She told me, ‘It’s because you’re adopted, but I wish I had pretty brown skin like you.’

On his “controversial” tattoos:

“It blows my mind that people still think tattoos are just gang-related, or have negative connotations. So many people have tattoos because their family’s been through something…or it’s a situation they’ve been through that’s made them stronger, and they want to make sure they remember it forever. I don’t think people fully understand how deeply people believe in their tattoos.”

“To me it’s just another way to be different and try to separate myself as my own man. If I get judged for something like my tattoos, so be it. I was talking to a few of the Rams players [this offseason]. One of their defensive linemen told me, ‘I love the fact that you started kissing your tattoos because of someone writing an article, basically showing everybody that you have tattoos and you’re still a good person. I have tattoos and I get judged for them. You’re really helping me change the perspective of tattoos.’ ”

On the final drive of the Super Bowl:

“I constantly think about it. I replay it. I rehash it. What could I have done better? If I got everybody up and got them set quicker, we wouldn’t have had to worry about the play clock. The way the play looked to me, I don’t feel there was anybody that was going to stop us from getting in the end zone . . .  It looked like it could have been a walk into the end zone…Still not over it, it feels like something was stolen”.

Kaepernick also had some interesting comments on the Green Bay Packers defense:

“It got to a point where we could hear [the Packers’ defenders] arguing while we were in our huddle. ‘You’re supposed to do this,’ or ‘You have to do this, then the other.’ At that point, our offense was like, It’s over. As soon as you start turning on your teammates, you’re not going to be productive. You know you have them in the palm of your hands.”

Kaepernick has had an illustrious offseason that is filled with celebrity like appearances and some controversy, but this is the most in-depth and best look at the person that Colin really is. He is an individual that wants to break the mold of being a “typical” quarterback and the negative connotations that go with tattoos. He also wants to help people out, whether its for birth defects of the heart or kids that have been adopted. He also shows that his celebrity status isn’t going to his head, he wants to be the best and avenge a loss that will stay with him the rest of his life. The first step in doing that is Training Camp, where has already reported with the rookies.

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