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Colin Kaepernick's Parents

Colin Kaepernick is a football quarterback who has played six seasons for the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League. He is a free agent. He helped the 49ers to their first Super Bowl appearance in 2012, and also the 2013 NFC Championship Game. He is also a noted civil rights activist and has protested against racial injustice, police brutality and systematic oppression in the NFL which received widespread attention in 2020. He filed a grievance against the NFL and its owners in November 2017, accusing them of colluding to keep him out of the league which he withdrew in February 2019 after reaching a confidential settlement.


Who are Colin Kaepernick's parents?


Kaepernick who garnered attention by kneeling down during the playing of the national anthem in the 2016 NFL season, as a means of protest against social injustice, especially the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police, has been under fire ever since. However, his parents stand in solidarity with him and support their son’s decisions to fight for the rights of others. Born on November 3, 1987, Kaepernick’s birth mother is white of Italian descent. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Heidi Russo. Following Kaepernick’s birth, Russo, then 19, placed him for adoption with Rick and Teresa Kaepernick when he was only 5 weeks old. The couple has two older children: son Kyle and daughter Devon. Due to congenital heart failure, the couple had lost two sons at birth. The family moved from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, to Turlock, California, four years later. Growing up, Kaepernick has played football, basketball and baseball, and one can account his athletic ability to this. Growing up his family called him ‘Bo’ as an ode to Bo Jackson. 


Who is Colin Kaepernick's Mother? 


Teresa Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick's Mother


Teresa Kaepernick is not Colin’s birth mom. She worked as a nurse when Colin was adopted by her and her husband, Rick. She has two other children - son Kyle and daughter Devon. She gave birth to two sons who she lost to heart defects, Lance and Kent. They would have been 34 and 32 now.


Who is Colin Kaepernick's Father? 


Rick Kaepernick



Rick Kaepernick



Rick Kaepernick is Colin’s adoptive father. After losing two sons to heart defects, Rick & Teresa first held their new son at only 5 weeks old at the Lutheran Social Services office in Appleton, Wisconsin. Rick’s family of 5 lived in Fond du Lac, before moving to California when Colin turned 4 years old so that Rick could take a job as an operations manager for the Hilmar Cheese Company. Because of his different skin color, the Kaepernicks reaffirmed that it was perfectly alright, and always stood up for their youngest son. When Colin was a teenager, they even drove him an hour out of town to get him cornrows.


What nationality are Colin Kaepernick's Parents? 


Colin Kaepernick's parents Teresa and Rick Kaepernick are American by nationality and of white descent. His birth mother is Italian-American while his birth father is African-American. 


How old are Colin Kaepernick's Parents? 


There’s no definitive information about his parent’s age but according to sources his birth mom was born in 1969 and is 51 years old. 

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Who are Colin Kaepernick's Birth Parents? 


Heidi Russo is the biological mother of Colin Kaepernick. Russo gave Colin up for adoption soon after giving birth to him at the age of 19. Colin’s birth father’s identity is not known but he was an African-American, specifically of Ghanaian, Nigerian, and Ivorian descent. He left Russo once he learned she was pregnant. Russo is white of Italian descent. Russo currently lives in Denver, Colorado, and is a certified nurse. She was born in 1969 to Phyllis and James Zabransk. She is married to Heath Russo with whom she has three children - Michael, Ethan, and Alex. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado, US, along with her husband and three children. She co-founded an advocacy group called ‘Linked Thru Love’ which aims at ending stereotypes associated with adoption and birthmothers. She founded the group with Jami Marcantonio. The group also aims at making people understand the concept of adoption. To extend support to biological mothers, she also launched a non-profit organization called ‘Three Strands’. 



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Does Kaepernick's family support him?


In an interview, Kaepernick mentioned his parents’ unwavering love and their constant support. They have been very open about the difficulties they and he faced while Colin was growing up and the prejudice they often encountered because of their different skin colours. In an interview with The Undefeated, his mother said “I just want to be on the record that we absolutely do support him”, regarding his political protest during the national anthem. Colin said that it has been a constant journey for him and his family and that we’ve worked through it and have always been very loving in the process. He added he wouldn’t have done it with anyone else.



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