Colin Rand Kaepernick was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 3, 1987. A quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, he emerged as a starter during the 2012 season and led the team to the NFC Championship and their first Super Bowl appearance in almost 20 years at Super Bowl XLVII.
At high school, Kaepernick excelled in football, basketball and baseball. His potential as a baseball pitcher saw him receive several scholarship offers in that sport. However, he turned down various notable NCAA baseball programs, instead opting to attend the University of Nevada (Reno); the only college to offer him a football scholarship.
While at Nevada, Kaepernick continued to play both football and baseball. In football, he was named the WAC Freshman of the Year for 2007, the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl MVP and the WAC Offensive Player of the Year for both 2008 and 2010. In 2009, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the MLB Draft, but turned down the opportunity, again expressing a desire to focus on his football career.
In the 2011 NFL Draft, Kaepernick was selected 36th overall by the San Francisco 49ers. In his first season, he served as the backup quarterback to Alex Smith, playing his first game in week four of the season. The team achieved a 13–3 regular season record, but lost the NFC Championship Game to the New York Giants, who subsequently went on to win the Super Bowl.
After Alex Smith suffered a concussion during the 2012 season, Kaepernick received his first start in November, during a 32-7 win over the Chicago Bears. After impressing, Kaepernick kept his place in the team and guided the 49ers to the playoffs. In his first ever postseason start, against the Green Bay Packers, Kaepernick set a new record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a postseason game, with 181. In the NFC Championship Game, the 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons 28–24 and advanced to the Super Bowl. However, they were eventually defeated by the Baltimore Ravens. In 2013, Kaepernick continued as the starting quarterback and once again led the team to the NFC Championship Game, although this time they lost to the Seattle Seahawks.
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