Who is Colin Kaepernick?
Colin Kaepernick, real name Colin Rand Kaepernick, was born on November 3, 1987. he is a well-known American football quarterback, who is currently serving as a free agent. His birthplace is Milwaukee, Wisconsin, height is 6 feet 4 inches, weight is 104 kg and zodiac sign is Scorpio. For his schooling and early education, he attended the John H. Pitman High School. And he started his professional career with NFL Draft in 2011. From 2011 to 2016, he played for the team San Francisco 49ers.
In 1987, he was born to Heidi Russo, who was a 19-years old teenager when she delivered Colin. She was unmarried at the time of his birth. Colin’s biological father established sexual relationships with her. She lived with him, but when he got Heidi is pregnant for his child. He left her because he did not want to take responsibility. When Colin Kaepernick was an infant, he was raised by his mother. But it was difficult for a young unmarried girl to raise a child alone. She offered her son to a couple for adoption. So Rick and Teresa Kaepernick adopted him because they had lost their two sons due to heart defects. So he got the surname Kaepernick from his new mother. At the age of 9, he started playing football as a defensive end and punter. Although he was a football player in his school, yet he was very good at studies. He was a 4.0 G P A student, who played football, basketball, and baseball. And consequently, he got a nomination for all-State selection in all three sports.
Nike’s 30th anniversary ‘Just do it’ Campaign:
In 2018, Nike has decided to introduce Colin Kaepernick as its new face on its 30th anniversary of ‘Just do it’ Campaign. Nike initiated a campaign ‘Just do it’. Colin has been selected as a face to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Although he raised the voice against police brutality. He protested in such a way that he refused kneeling when the national anthem was being sung before a pre-season game in August 2016. He took the drastic step to show his humanity and love towards Black people and minorities. Later, he articulated in an interview that he did not want to stand to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses the Black people and other minorities. That is even deprived of the basic amenities of life. And brutal police snatched their right to live and killed some of them barbarically.
Some other players supported him, but the politicians, celebrities, elite and gentry of his country condemned and lamented him. He experienced severe criticism and controversy, but the comment of the president Donald Trump added the fuel to the fire. He said all the NFL players, who knelt during the anthem, should be fired. The former footballer, Ray Lewis, also witness the same controversy. Consequently, the NFL also kept Colin unsigned to retaliate his protest. In this situation, Nike supported him and made him the face the year. But its customers started an anti-Nike campaign; they shared the clips in which they cut the Nike socks and burned its clothes. It was done to boycott Nike because it supported the national anthem kneeler.
The exact information about his net worth is not available. Only Wealthy Gorilla has revealed that the estimated net worth of Colin Kaepernick is $20 million. But as an efficient and competent football player, he can be one of the highest paid players. But he did not disclose his net worth. And he also did not reveal how much he earned from his contract with Nike. Although his lifestyle reveals he is a multimillionaire, yet his net worth did not get exclusive media coverage and attention.
Colin Kaepernick stats
If we talk about the summary of his 6 years stats, he made: 69G, 58GS, 28-30-0 QBre, 1011 Cmp, 1692 Att, 59.8 Cmp%, 12271 Yds, 72TD, 4.3 TD%, 30 Int, 1.8 Int%, 80 Lng, 7.3 Y/A, 7.3 Ay/A, 12.1 Y/C, 177.8 Y/G, 88.9 Rate, 171 Sk, 1061 Yds, 6.02 Ny/A, 6.07 ANY/A, 9.2 Sk%, 74 QC, 7G/WD and 49AV. In passing stats, he made 69 GP, 1011 CMP, 1692 ATT, 59.8 CMP%, 12,271 YDS, 7.25 AVG, 72 TD, 80 LNG, 30 INT, 16 FUM and 88.9 RAT.
In Rushing stats, he made 69 GP, 3.75 ATT, 2300 YDS, 6.2 AVG, 90 LNG, 13 TD, 115 FD, 21 FUM, and 8 LST.
He is not married yet; he has a girlfriend Nessa Diab, who is a radio personality. She has been with Colin for almost 3 years. They don’t only love each other, but also they worked together to bring awareness among the people towards social injustice.
Colin Kaepernick Nike ad
Nike chose Colin Kaepernick for its ad; he is the new face of Nike. Despite not playing in the NFL since 2016, he knelt during the national anthem because he protested against social injustice two years ago. As per him, justice, right to live and equality should be given to every American either Black or White. But for President Donald Trump, who is making America great for White only, has labeled Colin an “Un-American.” As Nike has made him a face to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of its campaign “Just Do it”, as some orthodox people started protesting against Nike. They uploaded clips in which they were burning Nike products to agitate against its bold step. As per Marina Hyde from The Guardian,
“Nike’s commercial cynicism is clear, but Colin Kaepernick ad is a sign.”
Although he knelt during National Anthem to highlight social and racial injustice in the United States Of America. But NFL Quarterback’s movement spread around the NFL. That led the president Donald Trump called the player who knelt during the anthem was “a son of a bitch” and should be fired. And for Nike, Donald Trump said that it would have to pay more rent because its flagship store is in the building that is owned by Trump. Colin Kaepernick filed grievances and claimed that owners have colluded to keep him out of the league. Nike and Kaepernick both are at the right because they are raising voice against social and racial discrimination and injustice. But they are being punished and boycotted.
Recently, Colin Kaepernick has signed a deal with Nike to become its face for the 30th anniversary of its campaign. Consequently, Nike’s shares fell over 3% on Tuesday 4, 2018. And Colin is being considered a root cause behind this downfall. The @Nikebycott campaign is gathering momentum. And Nike’s and NFL relationship and billion dollars deal are becoming vulnerable. NFL is the biggest partner of Nike, and its decision has let other investors be reluctant to sponsoring Nike.
Being a competent football player, he has become a brand. NELShop.com introduced San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick Jerseys for men, women, and kids. These jerseys are considered as a best seller in collectibles; these are present at an affordable price. And if you order now, you will get them at your doorstep with free delivery. But nowadays, the NFL is going against Colin Kaepernick. So Amazon.com has used a marketing stunt. It has introduced T-Shirts with I am With Kap Take a knee protest printed on it. These have been designed for those, who are Pro-Nike and Kaepernick. These best selling collectibles are also available at the lowest price.
He is a big socialite, whose fan following has let him be active and interactive on social media, especially on Twitter as Kaepernick 7. He has 11.3k Tweets and 169 likes.
On his Instagram, he has 410 posts, 2.8m followers and 124 following.