14 Things You Should Know About Colin Kaepernick Before He Becomes Wildly Famous

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If there is one player who has a chance to find mainstream fame after the Super Bowl, it’s Colin Kaepernick.The 49ers quarterback is already a big deal in the sports world. But if he can beat the Ravens on Sunday, he has the unique personality and youthful energy to be a crossover star.

A few months from now, the details of his story might be mainstream knowledge.

Get to know him before everyone else does.

He got drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2009, but turned it down to play football

He's adopted

Kaepernick is half-white and half-black.

He grew up in northern California

His birth mother has been trying to rekindle their relationship, but Kaepernick said he isn't interested.

He has a pet tortoise named Sammy

Source: Bleacher Report

He's covered in tattoos

Some people hate them, but they've become a signature part of his public persona

When he was at Nevada, his coach wanted to move him to safety at first

Source: USA Today

Before the 2011 Draft coach Jim Harbaugh made Kaepernick play him one-on-one in a throwing contest

Despite being considered just the 7th best QB in the draft, the 49ers took him with the 36th overall pick

He's into style. He's obsessed with sneakers and hats

The guy he replaced was an entrenched starting quarterback with impressive statistics. Kaepernick took over after he got a concussions. Here is an awkward picture of them.

He doesn't say much. Yahoo! reported that he averaged just 27 words per answer at media day

He is very expressive on the sidelines

His style of play is where the NFL is going

Kaepernick runs the ball as much as any QB in the NFL.

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