Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/29/13
San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick was literally off everyone’s radar except Jim Harbaugh’s until week 11 when he started in place of the injured Alex Smith.  Kaepernick shined and immediately made a name for himself by embarrassing the Chicago Bears Defense by completing 16 of 23 passes for 246 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions.Now Kaepernick is taking the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl.  Since we have only had Kaepernick around the NFL headlines for a couple of months, here are 10 fast facts about him:Born November 3, 1987 in Milwaukee, WIAt 6 weeks old he was adopted by German Americans ;  Rick and Teresa KaepernickThe family moved to California when he was 4Kaepernick’s biological mother wants to have a relationship with him; he doesn’t have any interest and knows little about about his biological father.Kaepernick was an awesome high school pitcher and even threw 2 no hitters his senior season. He also had a 90mph fastball.  He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2009 – in the 43rd round.  He obviously chose football over baseball.Colin’s pet is a 115 pound turtle named Sammy he has owned since he was 10 years old. It sat in the palm of his hand back then.The only college to offer Kaepernick a football scholarship was the University of Nevada where he started out as a red shirt freshman and ended up with many offensive awards throughout his college career.In the past 7 days Fanatics.com has reported Kaepernick’s #7 Jersey is number one for the week in jersey sales and is 2nd for the entire month of January behind Ray Lewis.Colin Kaepernick has several bible verses on his heavily tattooed body and his bicep celebration kiss is a tribute to his faith.  Kaepernick’s tattoo artist is Nes Adrion who owns Endless Ink in Reno, NV and according to an interview he gave to KTXL a Fox Station in Sacramento; Adrion is actually a Patriots fan.
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