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Colin Kaepernick

Since becoming the 49ers’ starting quarterback in the middle of the 2012 NFL season, Colin Kaepernick has led his team to their second playoff appearance for the first time in more than a decade.

Kaepernick hails from Turlock, a Stanislaus County town of only 69,000.

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It was a busy day for sports bars across Turlock as fans piled into the Dust Bowl to watch the 49ers, cheering on their hometown kid, Colin Kaepernick, in the Super Bowl.

“It’s exciting for Turlock and the atmosphere here has been amazing,” said Sarah Malaugh.

“I’m from Modesto came here to Turlock. I couldn’t make it to New Orleans so this is the closest thing to it,” said Veronica Bustamante.

Dominos Pizza also spent the day prepping for Super Bowl Sunday, a day they say is the busiest of the year.

“We’ve been preparing for this day for over two months now. We knew this day was coming and it’s just getting the team ready and fully trained,” said Greg Degrandis.

For many, the game was an emotional roller coaster.

“It’s stressful, it’s stressful,” said Malaugh.

After halftime, fans at Shooters Wings and Things were hopefull their local hero and team could turn things around.

“At first I had my doubts. I was depressed, but now I am all for it. Kaepernick is going to take us there and we are going to win,” said Matthew Pulido.

“This is the best comeback in NFL history. Guaranteed,” said Thomas Trujillo

And while the Niners may have fallen short, fans are still proud of Kaepernick and the team.

“He has been our hero since before he made it to the bowl and now he is really our hero. He is a Super Bowl quarterback. What more can you ask for?” said Pulido.

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Colin Kaepernick means everything to Turlock, so the city designated Saturday as “Colin Kapernick Day.”

“We hereby encourage all citizens in our community to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick,” said Turlock Mayor John Lazar.

In a sea of number 7 jerseys, hundreds took to Pitman High School to show their support.

“His values and his work ethic is something to be proud of … It gives us something to really root for,” said Turlock’s Chief of Police Rob Jackson.

And with the 49ers heading to the Super Bowl, Kaepernick has given Turlock a lot to cheer about.

“I love how he brought the city together. Now we have all these Niner fans cheering him on. I’m glad he did this for Turlock,” said one kid.

 

Kai Beech filed this report.

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There is no quarterback sneak when it comes to where Colin Kaepernick’s home town is.

It seems like every time he opens his mouth, Kaepernick is talking about his home town of Turlock, his family, teachers and high school. All that talk has really put Turlock on the map when in the past many people may have wondered where the town was.

All that Turlock talk on TV, radio, newspaper, magazies, and blogs is means alot of free advertising dollars for the city.

“I don’t think you can put a dollar to it. You can’t pay that kind of money. I think the fact that everytime he opens his mouth as a star quarterback, it’s an investment that we can’t even pay for,” said Sharon Silva with the Turlock Chamber of Commerce.

But if you had to pay for it, it would cost tens of millions of dollars.

FOX40 Financial Analyst Keith Springer reports to Paul and Bethany that the Reno tattoo artist that designed 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s tattoos has a waiting list of customers seeking to get inked.

Colin Kaepernick talks about his tattoos, Alex Smith and ‘Kaepernicking.’ Rowena Shaddox reports.

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49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has gained a lot of attention for his arm, but it’s not just his laser passes that has people looking a little closer at his bicep, it’s what’s actually been inked on.

Nes Adrion, the owner of Endless Ink in Reno, has been put on the map because of Kaepernick’s rise to fame on the field.

“I was pretty surprised. I was pretty amazed by it, because I didn’t really expect it was going to be this big,” Adrion said. He’s been the man behind the masterpieces covering the 49ers Quarterback’s body.

“Him going to the Super Bowl makes more sense to me, because you know he puts money in my pocket,” Adrion said.

But it hasn’t always been about the money for Adrion. He started from humble beginnings, after immigrating to the United States from the Philippines when he was just a teenager. Adrion says he always knew things would get better.

“Growing up here I knew something was going to come up. Something like this,” Adrion said.

While the tattoo artist is now a huge fan of the man his work will forever adorn, he says his favorite team is the New England Patriots.

As for the kiss Colin lays on his bicep during games, better known as ‘Kaepernicking’ now, isn’t actually all about the gun show, it’s actually a tribute to this faith. He’s kissing the biblical scriptures of the Psalms on his arms.

Colin’s adoptive father, who raised him with his wife Teresa since he was just a few weeks old, says for those who don’t like the tattoos, that they are entitled to their own opinions.

“He basically designed those, and they really mean something to him. So, for other people to judge that, well, that’s O.K. That’s your feelings. But for him, they have meaning,” said Rick Kaepernick.

His adoptive mother Teresa, she has the same reaction any mother would.

“I’m fine with his tattoos, had he consulted me I may have said a few less,” she said.

Katie Hackett filed this report.

FOX40′s Luana Munoz sat down with the parents of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to get their take on his tattoos and dating life.

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Kimberly Rankin reports from Shooters Wings and Things in Turlock, where she finds some 49er fans who made the trip out to the Central Valley city just because of their love for Colin Kaepernick.

One person even traveled over 100 miles just to be in Kaepernick’s hometown for the big game.

Even after the game was over, fans stuck around to see who the 49ers would play in the Super Bowl.

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Millions watched as Colin Kaepernick broke an NFL record and took the 49ers to the NFC championship.

While the world stood in amazement his parents Rick and Teresa Kaepernick were not surprised at all.

“The first series I think he and I screamed with the interception and after that it was all good,” said Teresa.

“I’ve watched it in youth football. I watched it at Pitman High School. I watched it at the University of Nevada and every year it gets a little ramped up where the players are that much better,” said Rick.

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Colin Kaepernick’s parents, Teresa and Rick.

Since then, Colin has been at the center of media attention leaving many wondering how he will handle his next big game that could send his team to the Super Bowl.

“I think that is one if his unique traits is the ability to focus. To put things that are on the outside on the outside and basically say I have a job to do here. I am quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. I owe it to the coaches. I owe it to my teammates and I owe it to my fans. I have to do a job,” said Rick.

 

 

 

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