Colin Kaepernick, an American football quarterback whose name reverberates in the ears of the African-American community, was only known as a quality footballer until he created more out of his stature and raised his voice against the discrimination faced by the people of color in the United States of America. How many of the public figures today (let alone a footballer) have had the sort of courage displayed by Colin? Not only did Colin lend his voice to the cause, he initiated a movement, which earned him praise and recognition not only from his community but the world at large.
Want to know how Colin became an inspiration to a generation of football fans around the world? Wondering what must be the life of the champion of humanity be like? Let’s have a closer look at the net worth of an awe-inspiring celebrity like Colin Kaepernick in 2018, and know how he made his voice heard.
Biography & Wiki
Colin Rand Kaepernick was born on November 3, 1987, to his 19-year-old single mother, Heidi Russo. Colin’s father left his mother before he was born. Unable to raise him on her own, Heidi placed Colin for adoption. Soon, he was adopted by Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, a white couple who already had two children. Colin lived with the Kaepernicks in Wisconsin until he was 4 and attended a grade school in Turlock, California.
Colin Kaepernick’s love for football began when he was 8. He started playing football on a youth team and was a regular starter in the quarterback position. He excelled at academics too and while at the John H. Pitman High School, he played football, basketball, and baseball. He led his football team to its first-ever playoff victory. Although football was his favorite sport, Colin was an exceptional baseball talent as well. Eventually, he was offered a college scholarship when a Nevada scout saw him light up a basketball game where he was suffering from fever.
Colin Kaepernick started dating radio personality, Nessa Diab in July 2015 and went public about his relationship in January 2016. Colin follows a vegan diet and is a devout Catholic. He has many tattoos on his body, and most of them are Psalms. Colin believes that God created the path for him and it is his way of thanking Him.
Colin Kaepernick’s career as a professional footballer started in 2007 when he began playing for the “Nevada Wolf Pack.” Colin was an ever-rising star, and he rocked the NCAA scene the following year, when he won the WAC Offensive Player of the Year, as a sophomore even after playing the entire second half of the season with an ankle injury.
He kept on setting new records in college and at the end of his college career in 2010, he was and is the only quarterback in the history of collegiate football to have passed for over 10,000 yards and to have rushed for over 4,000 yards in Division I FBS college football.
Colin graduated from Nevada in December 2010, with a bachelor’s degree in business management.
On April 29, 2011, Colin Kaepernick was drafted by the “San Francisco 49ers” as a 36th overall pick in the NFL Draft. He was an instant starter after his pick and lit up the NFL in his debut season and posted a quarterback rating just shy of a cent percent. It didn’t go too sweetly for Colin from there, however, as the “49ers” rotated coaches, and his supporting cast faded away, resulting in a subdued Colin over the years.
Colin’s national anthem stint and his allegations against the league over collusion charges have nearly ended his career. How the mighty have fallen!
On Awards & Achievements- Colin Kaepernick was conferred with the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award in 2017. In the same year, he also won the GQ Citizen of the Year and the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award. He also bagged the Len Eshmont Award in 2016.
Salary, Net Worth & Earnings
Colin Kaepernick’s net worth is estimated at $28 million. In 2014, he signed a contract with the “49ers” worth a whopping $126 million with $13 million fully guaranteed. Colin also owns a host of luxury cars valued at $2 million and has bought a condominium in New York for $3.21 million.
5 INTERESTING FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COLIN KAEPERNICK
If what you have read up till now about the dynamic quarterback is not enough, Colin Kaepernick has some fantastic football trivia to his credit. Want to know what sets this footballer who wears his heart on his sleeve apart from the rest of his playmates? Well, just read on!
● Colin was a 43rd overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft.
● He was a two-time California all-state baseball player.
● He played NBA star, Ryan Anderson, in the Central California Basketball Playoffs while in high school.
● He was parodied on “South Park.”
● He started playing football at the defensive end.
From a matured football star to a social activist, Colin Kaepernick inspired a generation. He was at the center of the Black Lives Matter movement, which saw millions supporting the cause that he brought up. At 30, at his prime, when he should be ripping the NFL apart, he isn’t because he is in a fight against the league he used to play in. Only a fool would throw away such a career, but this shows how committed one can be towards a cause which is for the greater good. Go, Colin!