Forget standings and statistics. In Turlock they were routing for something else when the San Francisco 49ers took the field on Sunday. They were routing for a friend.
“It’s really cool. I hope he comes to meet Emma,” said Melissa Miguel, bouncing her baby daughter on her knee.
Miguel went to high school with Collin Kaepernick, back when he was a heavily recruited baseball pitcher.
“We hung-out with him. He played basketball, football and baseball. We watched his games. He was a really nice guy,” Miguel said.
And if Turlock hasn’t forgotten Kaepernick, Kaepernick hasn’t forgotten Turlock. He put in a surprise appearance at Pitman, his old high school, during a football practice.
“The fame hasn’t gotten to his head. He’s just really down to earth,” said Dawn Vickers. Her son was playing the day Kaepernick stopped by.
“We work so hard in our kind of drudgery jobs, and here’s some who also worked very hard, and it gives up hope,” said Brian Sawyer.