Colin Kaepernick knows how to make the news. From opinion pieces on his many tattoos to Super Bowl coverage, the 25-year-old NFL quarterback attracts major media attention. Kaepernick ascended to the coveted Super Bowl position when 49ers regular QB Alex Smith was injured mid-season.
In a pregame interview with Dan Marino on CBS, Kaepernick, who has never played in a game as big as the Super Bowl, revealed that being adopted “was the biggest blessing of my entire life.” His adoptive parents were featured in the interview, proudly reading a letter that Colin had written to himself as a child: Kaepernick had predicted in junior high that he would be a 49ers quarterback by the time he was out of college. His prediction came true, and—in addition to his colossal talent—the love and support that Colin received from his adoptive family seem to have made a huge impact on the success of his career.
Kapernick’s birth mother was a 19-year-old young woman who wanted the best for her son but knew that she was not the one who could give it to him. She searched for adoptive parents who would be able to love her son, provide him with siblings, take care of him financially, and expose him to her love for sports. She found the perfect match in Rick and Teresa Kaepernick when Colin was 5 weeks old. The couple, who had two healthy children and had tragically lost two sons to complications related to heart defects, were seeking to adopt a son. Colin completed their family, and his birth mother could take heart knowing that her son would grow up with everything she had wanted for him.
In fact, without pro-life parents like Colin’s, the athletic world would be without quite a number of sports figures who have grown to behemoth fame, including Tim Tebow and Michael Phelps. Imagine that Colin’s mom had not chosen life, and that his parents were not given the blessing of adopting him… What would yesterday’s Super Bowl have looked like? Just to name a few, Kaepernick’s contagious smile, overflowing spirit, and incredible athletic ability would have been missing.
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