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Colin Kaepernick’s hometown of Turlock celebrated a day in his honor

Colin-Kaepernick-NinersColin Kaepernick was honored with his own day in his hometown of Turlock, Calif., on Saturday.

Kaepernick was born in Milwaukee, Wisc., and lived in Fond du Lac, Wisc., until he was four. His family moved to Turlock, a small city in Stanislaus County about 100 miles east of San Francisco, which is where he was raised until leaving for college in Reno.

The city of Turlock is proud of Kaepernick and declared Saturday “Colin Kapernick Day.”

“We hereby encourage all citizens in our community to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick,” said Turlock Mayor John Lazar at a gathering Saturday.

Kaepernick attended Pitman High School in Turlock where he was a 4.0 student and star football, baseball, and basketball player. He was actually a highly-recruited baseball prospect who could throw 92 mph as a pitcher, but he chose to pursue a career in football instead.

Below is a video from KXTL of the city celebrating Colin Kaepernick Day:

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Logan Couture busts out some ‘Kaepernicking’ after scoring goal (Video)

Logan-Couture-KaepernickingMany San Jose Sharks fans are also San Francisco 49ers fans, and as we know this is an exciting time for the Bay Area. The Niners are back in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1994, and second-year sensation Colin Kaepernick has led the way. On Thursday night, one of the Sharks players decided to pay tribute to Kaepernick.

San Jose forward Logan Couture scored in the second period of a shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers, and he pretended to kiss his bicep muscle in celebration. As we know, that celebration is now known as Kaepernicking.

“Gotta show some love to the Bay Area teams,” Couture said after the game according to NHL Tonight. “Everyone out here who’s a Sharks fan is usually a Niners fan as well. Obviously, all of us on the Sharks are rooting for them on Sunday, so just a little shout-out to those guys.”

As Puck Daddy pointed out, Couture is a Buffalo Bills fan. Sucks to be him, so I don’t blame him for latching onto San Francisco’s success.

Video via @Pooks_rutherfor

Colin Kaepernick offered free Red Robin for life if he wins Super Bowl

Colin Kaepernick will have more on the line Sunday than just the Super Bowl. If he wins the game, he will cash in on a sweet offer from one of his favorite restaurants.

Red Robin took out an ad in Thursday’s San Francisco Chronicle offering the 49ers quarterback free food for life if he wins the Super Bowl.

How did the offer come to be?

A recent New York Daily News article describing Kaepernick’s humble (or frugal) nature noted that he enjoys Red Robin.

From the article:

When a financial adviser flew in from New York and asked him where he would like to go out to dinner, Kaepnerick chose Red Robin, a favorite haunt of his.

Below is a look at the offer from Red Robin, which references the Daily News article:

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Colin Kaepernick TD celebration inspires ‘Kaepernicking’ trend (Pictures)

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick set records in his team’s 45-31 win over the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs on Saturday, and he also inspired a social media trend.

The second-year player has been celebrating his touchdowns with a kiss on his biceps (seen above). After his outstanding performance Saturday — he rushed for 181 yards (a quarterback record), two touchdowns, and threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns — many Niners fans began following his lead by imitating the celebration.

Much like “Tebowing” and “Griffining,” “Kaepernicking” has become a social media trend.

See some fans “Kaepernicking” below:

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Colin Kaepernick validating Jim Harbaugh’s decision to make QB change

Colin-Kaepernick-NinersColin Kaepernick’s record-setting game against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night should end all questions about Jim Harbaugh’s decision to make a midseason quarterback change for the 49ers.

The second-year quarterback from Nevada started off shaky in his first career playoff game by throwing a pick six to Packers cornerback Sam Shields on the team’s first possession, but he went nuts after that. Kaepernick broke two touchdown runs — one for 20 yards and the other for 56 — while setting an NFL quarterback record with 181 rushing yards in a game.

Kaepernick also threw the ball well. He completed 17 of 31 passes for 263 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Kaepernick used his rifle arm to fire passes when they needed to get there quickly, and he also showed off his touch like when he threw a perfect pass up the seam to Vernon Davis late in the game.

He is such a dynamic playmaker it’s clear he’s in a different class from Alex Smith.

Kaepernick became the 49ers’ starting quarterback after replacing Smith during a Week 10 tie against the St. Louis Rams. Smith was concussed during that game and missed the team’s next contest — a Monday night win over the Chicago Bears. It was obvious after that point that Kaepernick made the 49ers’ offense more dangerous than Smith did. Even Kaepernick’s teammates seemed to confirm that.

Though Kaepernick was contained in his third start of the season — a 16-13 loss to the Rams — his four-touchdown game two weeks later at New England proved how dangerous he is.

It’s quite fitting that the man whose playoff record Kaepernick broke for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a playoff game is Michael Vick; Kaepernick is like Vick but without the turnovers.

After watching Kaepernick beat the Bears, I had no doubt that Harbaugh made the right choice by switching. Smith had been playing well enough to get the Niners to the NFC Championship Game, but Kaepernick has the ability to lead them to a Super Bowl win. There is a big difference between the two. And what does it say about Harbaugh’s coaching ability that people actually thought he was nuts for benching a guy most of us used to call a bust?

Randy Moss: Colin Kaepernick throws so hard he dislocated my finger

Colin-Kaepernick-NinersColin Kaepernick had made a lot of plays with his legs for the San Francisco 49ers, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he can’t throw. Not only has he completed more than 67% of his passes this season, but Kaepernick is also capable of putting some zip on the ball and sticking it into tight spots. Randy Moss said that is the reason he recently suffered the first dislocated finger of his 14-year career.

“When he found me (on one play) it was kind of too late to throw it, but he threw it anyway,” Moss told CSNBayArea.com when discussing the play where he hurt his finger. He had to put one of them Randy Johnson fastballs on me. When it hit my finger I felt my finger pop. I dislocated it so I had to come back to the sideline and the doctor had to pop it back in.

“Kap throws hard. He’s very strong, he works out every day. I didn’t really say anything to him besides keep doing what he’s doing. My finger will heal up.”

Moss has played with Daunte Culpepper, Brett Favre and Tom Brady — three players who can be categorized as having strong arms. A dislocated finger can happen on any play regardless of how much zip is on the ball, but the fact that Moss brought it up is obviously an indication of how strong he thinks Kaepernick is. When you spend some of your free time lifting up a 115-pound pet tortoise, arm strength is probably easy to come by.

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Colin Kaepernick has a huge pet tortoise named Sammy (Picture)

Colin Kaepernick has one of the most unique pets you will ever see. If you ask me, the thing is awesome. While most people who want an enormous pet might convince their parents to buy them a Great Dane or a St. Bernard, Colin talked his parents into letting him get a tortoise when he was 10 years old. He named it Sammy.

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