Colin Kaepernick
American football quarterback
Colin Kaepernick
Colin Rand Kaepernick is an American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Nevada (Reno) Wolf Pack. At Nevada, Kaepernick twice was named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, and he was the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl. In the 2011 NFL Draft the San Francisco 49ers selected Kaepernick in the second round with the 36th overall pick.
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The 49ers and Colin Kaepernick might not be done with each other quite yet
Fox News - 14 days
The team's new leadership and its quarterback want to meet.
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The First 100 Days
Huffington Post - 22 days
As extraordinary as it sounds, Donald J. Trump is now the 45th president of the United States. Which is mind-boggling. Like making John Goodman the cover model for this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Kim Kardashian -- appointed chief scientist at the Atomic Energy Lab. Colin Kaepernick in charge of WikiLeaks. The liberals' last best hopes were dashed on Inauguration Day when the Mango Mussolini put his hand on the Bible and didn't burst into flames. The preacher said the rain that started to fall as DJT took the oath was a good omen in the Bible. Yeah, tell that to Noah. The speech was darker than the Cleveland Browns' offseason. Kind of a cross between Nixon and Voldermort. "It's Mourning in America." Trump will be a president for all Americans except the Muslims, Mexicans, losers, whiners, idiots and nasty women, especially the fat disgusting ones. But now our attention turns not to the real estate developer's vitriolic tweets but his diabolic feats. What is the ...
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Drake, Kanye West And Justin Bieber Have Better Things To Do Than Attend The Grammys
Huffington Post - 24 days
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6 Rules Of Islamophobia In America
Huffington Post - about 1 month
After the 2015 terror attack in Paris, when Donald Trump and other GOP presidential candidates were ratcheting up their anti-Muslim political speech, we started a running list of Islamophobic acts. Sadly, in less than two months, the list became so long the webpage often wouldn’t load.   This made us recognize the very real surge in anti-Muslim incidents sweeping the nation — a surge many wanted to deny was happening at all. (Think Fox News host Eric Bolling saying he “hadn’t heard of any” anti-Muslim hate crimes.) So we developed The Islamophobia Project, and committed to tracking anti-Muslim violence, vandalism, discrimination, public policy and political speech throughout 2016.  The timing of the incidents we collected helped reveal patterns. We discovered that Trump supporters attacked, harassed, or plotted to kill Muslims at least 13 times during the election cycle, proving a potential link between Trump’s rhetoric and the actions of supporters. We documented apparent ...
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Twitter Hits Jerry Rice Hard For His Popeyes Fried Chicken Ad
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Did Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice drop the ball in this Popeyes fried chicken commercial? The spot features the former 49ers great in a football helmet with a chicken wing skewered onto his facemask for “hands-free wing-eating.” The restaurant chain posted the ad titled “Popeyes Wingovations with Jerry Rice” on Jan. 3, but recent media coverage sparked increased attention ― much of it negative ― on Twitter. Rice previously incurred the wrath of social media users by asking quarterback Colin Kaepernick to stop his national anthem protests, writing “all lives matter.” His latest perceived fumble might lose him some fans, too. Check out some of the reactions:  What the hell is wrong with @JerryRice ? — Eric McKinley Brown (@CoachEMB) January 19, 2017 Jerry oh Jerry — Dustin Scott (@Dustin_Supreme) January 19, 2017 Who told Jerry Rice this was ...
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Beckham tops NFLer on Twitter, Kaepernick 49th
Yahoo News - about 1 month
NEW YORK (AP) — Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. , had the most engagement on Twitter among NFL players this season, while Colin Kaepernick was only a surprising 49th.
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Everyday Should Be National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Huffington Post - about 1 month
This past Monday was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. According to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), the best way to show support for our nation's law enforcement officers is to: • Change your profile picture on social media to the .jpg image provided at • Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement. • Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency. • Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media. • Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement. • Participate in Project Blue Light - Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement. • Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers. • Advertise your support through local media outlets/billboards. • Post the public service announcement supplied by C.O.P.S. to your organization's webpage or social media pages. • Most importantly, if you see a police offic ...
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Colin Kaepernick is doing WHAT now?
Fox News - about 2 months
Kaepernick’s mission
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How 2016 Was Like 1916, And How It Was Different
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Woodrow Wilson, PhD was elected President of the United States in 1916. Upon taking office, Wilson, himself a southerner, immediately loaded his administration with his fellow Southern Democrats. This resurgence of the heirs of the Confederacy's bequest was shocking, as until then the Democrats had not done well since Lincoln's day. Wilson promptly re-segregated the federal government, and while feted for many of his economic policies, he set minorities back decades. It became hard for African Americans to get high-level civil service jobs. Washington led the resurgence of white Christian supremacy in making "White" and "Colored" restrooms. Wilson is known for several notable achievements. He created the Federal Reserve, thus freeing the country's economy from being so tied to Wall Street. He also started the Federal Trade Commission to enforce antitrust laws and prevent the unlawful suppression of competition. He was an advocate for women's suffrage, and they won the right to vote ...
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‘The Katie Couric Interview’: Best of 2016
Yahoo News - about 2 months
As the sun sets on 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric takes a look back at some of the fascinating, funny and entertaining people who shaped the conversation, in politics to pop culture and everything in between. As part of her signature series, Couric capped the year with a trip to Moscow for a face-to-face interview with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who is living in exile after leaking highly classified government documents to journalists and exposing the NSA’s surveillance program. Other notable interviews included Vice President Joe Biden, who spoke about his decision not to run for president, Attorney General Loretta Lynch on her controversial meeting with Bill Clinton, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who called Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand during the national anthem “dumb,” but said she would never prosecute someone for such an act.
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NFL report: Colin Kaepernick fends off questions about future with 49ers
LATimes - about 2 months
If Colin Kaepernick is concerned about his future with the 49ers, the veteran quarterback certainly isn't showing it. At least not publicly.  During an eight-minute conversation with reporters Tuesday, Kaepernick laughed and smiled while repeatedly deflecting questions about his status with the...
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Should Supporters Of The Failed NFL Boycott Over Kaepernick "Take A Knee?"
The Huffington Post - 2 months
Earlier this year, conservatives like John Hawkins with took to the Internet to call for a boycott of the NFL over its refusal to punish San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee during the National Anthem. But research shows that such boycott efforts are fading, and interest in the NFL has rebounded, and even increased in some cases. The boycott movement got its start when Kaepernick refused to take a stand during the National Anthem. More accurately, he took a knee, a means of protesting the many police shootings of African-American males. More...
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Athletes Who Inspired Off The Field In 2016
Huffington Post - 2 months
Athletes flexed their muscles off the field on a wide range of social and political issues in 2016. Star players from the NBA, the NFL and women’s soccer showed their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and eliminating the pay gap between men and women, while the Olympics provided a stage for a marathon runner to highlight a persecuted ethnic group in Ethiopia. Other sports figures made their voices heard on issues like medical marijuana and the refugee crisis.  Here’s a look back at the year in athlete activism.  Black Lives Matter  This year, a black man who told a Minnesota police officer he had a concealed carry license was shot dead anyway. In South Carolina, an officer who’d been caught on video firing bullets into the back of a fleeing, unarmed black man was not convicted.  These events and others made it clear that black Americans still face an unacceptable level of violence and risk in their everyday lives. And more than a few athletes decided it was t ...
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Colin Kaepernick's White Parents Say They're 'Very Proud' Of Him
Huffington Post - 2 months
Colin Kaepernick’s parents are finally speaking publicly about their son’s national anthem protest. Teresa and Rick Kaepernick, both white, spoke highly of their son’s decision and condemned the criticism he has received in the past months in a statement to The Undefeated on Friday. “Colin is carrying a heavy load and following a difficult path that he truly believes in. He is putting his entire future and possibly his life on the line for those beliefs,” they said in the statement. “As his parents, it pains us to read articles and tweets saying that his family does not support him; this could not be further from the truth. We want people to know that we are very proud of our son and admire his strength and courage in kneeling for the rights of others.” The couple, who adopted Colin at 5 weeks old, admitted that, initially, they were “surprised as anyone” at Colin’s decision. But after Colin began receiving racist backlash — in the media, on Twitter and at his parent’s home ...
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Navy admiral burns Colin Kaepernick in Pearl Harbor speech
CNN - 3 months
His comments about the national anthem inspired a standing ovation.
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Colin Kaepernick's Words Of Wisdom For The Workplace
Huffington Post - 3 months
Has America moved beyond our racial issues, as Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suggested in a recent interview in GQ magazine? Certainly, Colin Kaepernick doesn't think so. The San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick has famously refused to stand for the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media in a much-publicized interview after a pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers on August 26th. He later added, "This country stands for freedom, liberty and justice for all. And it's not happening for all right now." Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick are millennials. Both are millennials of color. Yet, these two athletes have very different views of race relations in America. These different views are a reflection of the broader conversation we continue to have: are ...
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Bears turn up pressure on 49ers, Colin Kaepernick
Chicago Times - 3 months
The Bears defense is far from perfect with a lot of work left to get where it needs to be, but when Vic Fangio has set out to accomplish a task this season, he generally has found success. Fangio has schemed to hold big-play receivers like Odell Beckham Jr., Dez Bryant and Mike Evans in check,...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Colin Kaepernick
  • 2016
    The September 2016 police shootings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott have also bolstered support for his protest and silenced some critics.
    More Details Hide Details Kaepernick said of the Terence Crutcher shooting, "this is a perfect example of what this is about." Kaepernick also received public backlash for his protest. A few NFL fans posted videos of them burning Kaepernick jerseys. Former NFL MVP Boomer Esiason called Kaepernick's actions "an embarrassment" while an anonymous NFL executive called Kaepernick "a traitor". He also claims to have received death threats. On the premiere episode of the 20th season of the Comedy Central animated television series South Park, titled "Member Berries", Kaepernick's decision to sit down during the U.S. national anthem is parodied throughout the episode. An animated version of Kaepernick also appears. Kaepernick was baptized Methodist, confirmed Lutheran, and attended a Baptist church during his college years. Kaepernick spoke about his faith saying, "My faith is the basis from where my game comes from. I've been very blessed to have the talent to play the game that I do and be successful at it. I think God guides me through every day and helps me take the right steps and has helped me to get to where I’m at. When I step on the field, I always say a prayer, say I am thankful to be able to wake up that morning and go out there and try to glorify the Lord with what I do on the field. I think if you go out and try to do that, no matter what you do on the field, you can be happy about what you did."
    In the 49ers' final 2016 preseason game on September 1, 2016, Kaepernick opted to kneel during the U.S. national anthem rather than sit as he did in their previous games.
    More Details Hide Details He explained his decision to switch was an attempt to show more respect to former and current U.S. military members while still protesting the anthem after having a conversation with former NFL player and U.S. military veteran Nate Boyer. A number of U.S. military veterans voiced support using the social media hashtag "veterans for Kaepernick". In the following weeks, Kaepernick's jersey became the top-selling jersey on the NFL's official shop website.
    Before a preseason game in 2016, Kaepernick sat down, as opposed to the tradition of standing, during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner.
    More Details Hide Details During a post-game interview he explained his position stating, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder", referencing a series of events that led to the Black Lives Matter movement and adding that he would continue to protest until he feels like "American flag represents what it’s supposed to represent”. The 49ers released a statement respecting Kaepernick's right to protest.
    On September 3, 2016, Kelly named Gabbert as the starter for the beginning of the 2016 NFL season with Kaepernick as his backup.
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    Kaepernick entered the 2016 season competing for starting quarterback position with Gabbert.
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    In February 2016, Kaepernick expressed an interest in being traded.
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    During the 2016 preseason, Kaepernick began to protest the United States national anthem by not standing while the anthem was being performed.
    More Details Hide Details His actions prompted a wide variety of responses and has led to additional athletes in the NFL and other U.S. sports leagues protesting the anthem. Kaepernick was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Heidi (Zabransky) Russo, a 19-year-old white woman who was single and destitute at the time. His birth father, an African American, left before he was born. Russo placed her son for adoption with Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, a white couple who had two children—son Kyle and daughter Devon—and were looking for a boy after having lost two other sons to heart defects. Kaepernick became the youngest of their three children. He lived in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, until age four, and attended grade school in Turlock, California. Kaepernick began playing youth football at 8 years old as a defensive end and punter. He then became his youth team's starting quarterback at age nine, and he completed his first competitive pass for a long touchdown. He went on to win several punt, pass, and kick competitions mainly on his passing ability. A 4. GPA student 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.
    As of the 2016 season, Kaepernick remains the backup to Gabbert.
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  • 2015
    Kaepernick reportedly started dating radio personality and television host Nessa in July 2015 and officially went public about their relationship in February 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Kaepernick began following a vegan diet in late 2015.
  • 2013
    In the season opener of the 2013 season against the Green Bay Packers, Kaepernick threw for a career-high 412 yards and 3 touchdowns, the first 400-yard game by a 49ers quarterback since Tim Rattay on October 10, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Of the total 412 yards, 208 yards were to newly acquired teammate Anquan Boldin, making his debut as a 49er. In addition, Kaepernick's performance also marked the first 400-yard passing with 3 touchdowns performance by a 49ers quarterback since Jeff Garcia in the 1999 season. In the NFC Championship Game against eventual Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, Kaepernick rushed for 130 yards, including a 58-yard run, and passed for 153 yards. The 49ers led until the fourth quarter. Two turnovers by Kaepernick led to the Seahawks having a 23–17 lead with a few minutes left. Kaepernick drove the 49ers to the red zone but with 22 seconds left, Kaepernick's pass intended for Crabtree was tipped by Seattle's Richard Sherman and intercepted by Malcolm Smith, ending the 49ers' season. Kaepernick ended the season with 3,197 yards passing, 21 touchdowns, and only eight interceptions. He also finished with 524 yards rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.
  • 2012
    Smith was cleared to play the day before the following game, but Harbaugh chose not to rush him back and again started Kaepernick. In a rematch of the 2012 playoffs against New Orleans, the 49ers won 31–21 with Kaepernick throwing for a touchdown and running for another.
    More Details Hide Details The following week, Harbaugh announced that Kaepernick would start for the 8–2–1 49ers against St. Louis. Harbaugh stated that Kaepernick's assignment was week-to-week, not necessarily permanent, but he remained the starter for the rest of the season. In his first career postseason start, the 49ers won 45–31 against the Green Bay Packers, and he set an NFL single-game record for most rushing yards by a quarterback with 181, breaking Michael Vick's record of 173 in a 2002 regular season game. He also broke the 49ers postseason rushing record, regardless of position. Kaepernick carried the ball 16 times for 181 yards and scrambled five times for 75 yards, including touchdowns of 20 and 56 yards, and collected another 99 yards rushing on zone-read option plays. He also passed for 263 yards and two touchdowns. In total, Kaepernick had 444 yards of total offense with 4 TDs. Kaepernick became the third player after Jay Cutler in 2011 and Otto Graham in both 1954 and 1955 to run for two touchdowns and pass for two others in a playoff game. In the NFC Championship game, the 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons 28–24 with Kaepernick completing 16 out of 21 passes for 233 yards and one touchdown. The team advanced to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans against the Baltimore Ravens. Kaepernick threw for a touchdown and ran for another, but the 49ers fell behind early and could not come back, losing 31–34.
    In 2012 against the New York Jets, Kaepernick scored his first career touchdown on a seven-yard run.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the early season, Kaepernick was used as a wildcat quarterback. In Week 10 against the St. Louis Rams, Kaepernick replaced starter Alex Smith, who had suffered a concussion in the first half. However, the game would end in a rare 24–24 tie, the first tie in the NFL in four years. With Smith still recovering, Kaepernick got his first NFL start the next game on November 19, during a Monday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears at Candlestick Park. Kaepernick completed 16 of 23 for 246 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 32–7 win against a highly ranked Bears defense. 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh spoke highly of Kaepernick's performance after the game, leaving open the possibility of Kaepernick continuing to start. "Usually tend to go with the guy who's got the hot hand, and we've got two quarterbacks that have got a hot hand", Harbaugh said. A quarterback controversy began. Smith was ranked third in the NFL in passer rating (104.1), led the league in completion percentage (70%), and had been 19–5–1 as a starter under Harbaugh, while Kaepernick was considered more dynamic with his scrambling ability and arm strength.
  • 2011
    The 49ers finished the 2011 regular season 13–3 but lost the NFC championship to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
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    Kaepernick spent the 2011 season as backup to Alex Smith and played his first game in Week 4 (October 2) on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles.
    More Details Hide Details On third down and 17 during the first quarter, Kaepernick came in for Smith as quarterback with the offense in shotgun formation and handed off to Frank Gore, who ran for 5 yards. In the Week 5 (October 9) home game, a 48–3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kaepernick completed three passes for 35 yards. However, Kaepernick failed to complete two passes in the 49ers' Week 13 (December 4) game, a 26–0 win over the St. Louis Rams.
    For the 2011 preseason, Kaepernick completed 24 of 50 passes for 257 yards and 5 interceptions.
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  • 2010
    Kaepernick graduated from Nevada in December 2010 with a bachelor's degree in business management and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
    More Details Hide Details Upon graduation, Kaepernick signed with XAM Sports and Entertainment. He spent time in Atlanta, Georgia, training for the NFL Combine at Competitive Edge Sports with trainer Chip Smith and quarterbacks coach Roger Theder. On April 29, 2011, the San Francisco 49ers traded up with the Denver Broncos from the thirteenth pick in the second round (#45 overall) to select Kaepernick as the fourth pick in the second round (#36 overall) at the 2011 NFL Draft. The Broncos received picks 45, 108 and 141 overall in exchange for the 36th overall pick.
    Kaepernick was a counselor at the prestigious MPA event in Thibodaux, Louisiana, during the 2010 camp.
    More Details Hide Details He had an impressive showing, drawing praise from various NFL and ESPN personnel including former New York Giants QB Jesse Palmer who said of Kaepernick, "by far, the strongest arm in the camp". It was also announced that Kaepernick, along with teammates Taua and Lippincott, will have a display in the College Football Hall of Fame commemorating their being the first players in NCAA history to each break 1,000 yards rushing on the same team during the same season. Kaepernick was named to the watch list for six major college football awards: the Manning Award, the Davey O'Brien Award, the Paul Hornung Award, the Maxwell Award, the Unitas Award, and the Walter Camp Award.
    Entering the 2010 NCAA season, Kaepernick ranked first among active college football players in rushing touchdowns.
    More Details Hide Details He was second in Yards Per Carry (behind Wolf Pack teammate Vai Taua), Total Offense per Game, and Touchdowns Scored. He ranked third in Yards per Play and fourth in pass touchdowns and Total Number of Offensive Plays.
  • 2009
    He finished the 2009 season with 2,052 passing yards and 1,183 rushing yards.
    More Details Hide Details He became the first player in NCAA history to record back-to-back 2,000/1,000 yard seasons. His 1,183 rush yards along with Luke Lippincott's 1,034 and Vai Taua's 1,345 makes him a part of the first trio of teammates in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards each in the same season.
  • 2008
    On November 26, Kaepernick led his team to a 34–31 overtime victory against the previously undefeated Boise State Broncos, snapping a 24-game win streak that had dated back to the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl.
    More Details Hide Details This game was played on Nevada's senior night, the final home game for Kaepernick and fellow notable senior running back Vai Taua. Nevada Head Coach Chris Ault would later call this game the "most important win in program history". During this game, Kaepernick surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for this season, becoming the first player in NCAA history to have over 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing for 3 consecutive seasons. Along with Taua's 131 yards rushing in the game, the duo became the NCAA's all-time leaders in rushing yards by teammates (8,285) passing the legendary SMU "Pony Express" duo of Eric Dickerson and Craig James (8,193). On December 4 against Louisiana Tech University, Kaepernick joined Florida's Tim Tebow as the second quarterback in FBS history to throw for 20 touchdowns and run for 20 in the same season. Later that same evening, Auburn's Cam Newton joined Tebow and Kaepernick as the third. Kaepernick's three rushing touchdowns in that game also placed him in a tie with former Nebraska QB and Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch for most rushing TD's in FBS history by a quarterback with 59 in his career. Nevada claimed a share of the WAC title after defeating Louisiana Tech. Kaeperick was named WAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year with Kellen Moore, who won the award in 2009.
    He is the first player in Nevada history to earn the teams MVP award twice, doing so in 2008 as well.
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    Kaepernick, with 1,130 rushing yards, and running back Vai Taua, with 1,521 rushing yards, made 2008 the first year in school history that Nevada had two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season.
    More Details Hide Details Despite playing the entire second half with an ankle injury, he set a new Humanitarian Bowl record with 370 yards passing and was awarded the MVP in a losing effort. He was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Year at the end of the season. He was the first sophomore to win this award since Marshall Faulk of San Diego State did in 1992. He was also named first team All WAC QB. He was the first sophomore to win this award since Trent Dilfer of Fresno State, also in 1992. Kaepernick was named the pre-season WAC Offensive Player of the Year at the WAC Media's event in July. On August 3 it was announced he was named to the Davey O'Brien Award pre-season watch list. On August 14 it was announced that he was named to the pre-season Maxwell Award watch list and on August 17 to the Manning Award watch list. Kaepernick led the Wolf Pack to an 8–5 record and a second-place finish in the WAC behind undefeated Boise State. He was named 2nd team All WAC QB.
  • 2007
    Kaepernick made his first start on Sunday, October 14, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Entering as 26-point underdogs to the Boise State Broncos—a team that had never lost on its home field to a WAC opponent—Kaepernick and the Wolf Pack nearly upset the Broncos in one of the highest-scoring games in NCAA history (69–67 in four overtimes). The game was nationally televised on ESPN and was deemed an Instant Classic and re-aired on the network's ESPN Classic station in the following days. Compiling 243-yards passing with 3 TDs and rushing for another 177-yards and 2 scores, Kaepernick led the Wolf Pack into a fourth overtime period when a failed two-point conversion attempt ultimately ended the game. During the contest, Kaepernick earned high praise from ESPN's Bill Curry (the former Georgia Tech and Green Bay Packer center and University of Alabama and University of Kentucky head football coach) as having perhaps the best game by a redshirt freshman quarterback he had ever witnessed.
    He was reported to throw a fastball as a senior in high school, as reported during Kaepernick's first college football start in 2007 against Boise State He was also a member of the Brewers Grey squad in the 2005 Area Code games.
    More Details Hide Details During his senior year Kaepernick pitched two no-hitters in high school play. He also turned down numerous scholarship offers to play baseball at many notable NCAA programs, instead taking his lone football scholarship offer to play quarterback at Nevada.. In his senior year of high school Kaepernick had an ERA of 1.265 with 13 starts and 10 complete games. He finished the year with an 11–2 record with 97 strikeouts and 39 walks. In the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, Kaepernick was drafted in the 43rd round by the Chicago Cubs. Kaepernick decided that he wanted to continue to play football at the University of Nevada and chose not to sign with the Cubs. As a redshirt freshman, Kaepernick saw little action through Nevada's first four games. It was during the fifth game of the season against the Fresno State Bulldogs that he got his first extended playing time. After starting quarterback Nick Graziano went down with a season-ending foot injury, Kaepernick entered the game with 8:23 remaining in the second quarter. He would go on to amass 384-yards passing, 4 TD's, and 60-yards rushing. Despite the effort, Fresno State won the game, 49–41.
  • 2006
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He earned Northern California athlete of the week honors as a pitcher.
    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.
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  • 1987
    Born on November 3, 1987.
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