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Colin Kaepernick Does Not Care What You Think About His Tattoos

One face of the new-school NFL QBs, Colin Kaepernick opens up about the read-option, adoption and, yes, body art

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From now until the opening of training camps, The MMQB is running a series of our Greatest Hits from the site’s first year. From July 2013, Peter King wrote about Colin Kaepernick’s ascent to stardom.

TURLOCK, Calif. — On a hot May night in California’s Central Valley, graduation night at Pitman High, eight police officers stand in a multipurpose room listening to instructions. One is an undercover cop. A couple are SWAT-teamers in bulletproof vests. Something very big is fixing to happen.

The officers are given their assignments by veteran detective Jason Tosta—they’re told to make sure that no one rushes the stage and that the guest speaker enters and exits without being mobbed. “This was supposed to be a secret,” says Tosta, “but now it’s all over Facebook and Twitter, so I’m sure some people know he’ll be here.” The detail is told there was lax security at a grocery store appearance recently; people were pushing over displays to get to the guest, who had to make a hustling exit to escape the fray—only to be followed by three cars after he left.

Then Colin Kaepernick, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, walks in, accompanied by his parents, Rick and Teresa. Pleasantries are exchanged. Colin, Pitman Class of 2006, hugs a few of his former teachers. Pictures are taken. The cops brief him on what’s about to happen.

In a moment of downtime before Kaepernick takes the stage, a couple of the officers have a chance to engage with him. Do they ask him what it was like to start in the Super Bowl, seven years after he took a photography class in the room right across the hall? How it felt to set an NFL record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a game—in the playoffs, no less? Whether he’s daunted by following in the footsteps of Joe Montana and Steve Young?

No. They want to talk body art.

“Love your tattoos,” Tosta, 42, tells Kaepernick. “I’ve got my family history running down my left arm. My mom had to have a heart transplant, so I’ve got a hand holding a human heart.”

Kaepernick tells them about his post-Super Bowl tattoos. He had massive Polynesian tribal symbols done on both pecs, so that his upper torso is covered in a rubric inscrutable to most of us. “They represent family, inner strength, humility and spiritual growth,” Kaepernick says of the images. He had the work done in San Jose three nights after the Super Bowl, sitting for six hours until it was finished at 2:30 a.m. The officers are at rapt attention.

New world out there. New quarterback for it.

Adopted. Biracial. Supremely tatted. A runner sometimes. A thrower sometimes. Colin Kaepernick, age 25, is the anti-Manning, and he likes that. A lot.

Not that Kaepernick—who played his college ball at Nevada, the only school to offer him a ride—has anything against the quarterbacks with the classic big-school football pedigree: Tom Brady, Peyton and Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan. But none of those quarterbacks was adopted at the age of six weeks. None had friends questioning whether he was white or black. None is being pursued by a birth mom he’s not interested in knowing. None, apparently, has the same yearning to have 70% percent of his upper body covered in ink. None has rushed for 181 yards in an NFL playoff game. For none did his 10th NFL start come in the Super Bowl.

I want to try to break that perfect football mold. I don’t want to be someone who can be put into a category. I want to be my own person. I want my own style. I want to be someone who can’t really be compared to anybody.

Now, after paying tribute to his retiring former football coach, after stopping to pick up pepperoni pizza at Little Caesars, and after dropping his mom and dad off at their house in Modesto, Kaepernick is in the back seat of an SUV, heading to his home near the 49ers’ training facility in Santa Clara. It’s past 10 p.m., pitch-black outside on California 99, and the 90 miles or so to cover means there’s plenty of time for Kaepernick to talk frankly about himself and his place in the NFL. At the Super Bowl, when the world was trying to get to know him, he gave brief, vanilla responses in his press conferences; his longest answer might have been about 14 words. Now, he’s got a lot more to say:

“I want to try to break that perfect football mold. I don’t want to be someone who can be put into a category. I want to be my own person. I want my own style. I want to be someone who can’t really be compared to anybody.

“And I want to have a positive influence as much as I can. I’ve had people write me because of my tattoos. I’ve had people write me because of adoption. I’ve had people write me because they’re biracial. I’ve had people write me because their kids have heart defects—my mom had two boys who died of heart defects, which ultimately brought about my adoption. So, to me, the more people you can touch, the more people you can influence in a positive way or inspire, the better.”

Great players can touch more people, and Kaepernick knows that half an NFL season does not make him a great player. But today’s game sets up nicely for a quarterback with his tools: fast feet and a powerful arm. The movement toward a new style of quarterback is here. Pete Carroll, the Seahawks’ coach, told me in January that the spate of young, mobile QBs “is the evolution of football—screaming at us.” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said of Kaepernick: “I mean, Wow! He’s running 60 yards untouched? When was the last time you saw a quarterback run untouched in the NFL for 60 yards? People said, ‘You can’t do that in the NFL!’ Yes you can.”

During the ride back to the Bay Area, Kaepernick is enlightening when talking about the final, frustrating drive of the Super Bowl, the series he keeps playing over in his head. But it’s all the other stuff that makes him a compelling protagonist in the world of football, and in the larger, more complicated world beyond sports.

ADOPTION

Kaepernick was born in Milwaukee in November 1987 to a tall, athletic 19-year-old woman named Heidi Russo. She is white; the father, whom Russo has never identified, was African-American. A month after Colin’s birth, Russo gave the baby up to a young couple from Fond du Lac, Wisc., Teresa and Rick Kaepernick, who’d lost two infant boys to heart disease and were pining for a son to join their two other children, son Kyle and daughter Devon.

For a while Teresa sent Russo photos of Colin as he grew, but it took such an emotional toll on Russo that, she has said, she asked Teresa to stop. Russo, in interviews over the past year, has said she wants to meet Colin and has reached out to him through social media, trying to arrange a meeting. He has declined, saying he feels he knows his parents.

I know my mom would never tell me not to go meet [my biological mother]; she would help me do it if I wanted to. But in my mind, that’s just not something I’m willing to do.

“Do you feel you’ve drawn the line with her, and you just don’t want to meet?” I ask him.

“I feel like I have drawn that line,” Colin says. “I feel like it’s been drawn for a while. The way things transpired at the end of the season and this offseason, that line just became darker. That’s not going to happen. It’s not something I want to do. Ultimately I know who my family is, and I know who my mother is.”

Colin already wasn’t inclined to have a relationship with his birth mother. He called it a personal decision. And he’s been put off further by what he thinks is Russo’s aggressiveness in trying to make it happen.

Colin, with adoptive parents Rick and Teresa, after a game at Nevada.
Colin, with parents Rick and Teresa, after a game at Nevada. (Patrick Cummings/AP)

“People asked me to do interviews on it,” he says, “and they asked my family to do interviews on it, and we turned them down and said, ‘It’s not a story. In the future, if I have a change of heart and I want to meet her, then it will happen.’ The same interviews we turned down, she did. I felt like that was disrespectful to me, my family and especially my mother. I feel like if I go down that road now, I’m disrespecting my mother as well, and that’s not something I’m willing to do. I know my mom would never tell me not to go meet her; she would help me do it if I wanted to. But in my mind, that’s just not something I’m willing to do.”

Kaepernick makes it clear he’s “very grateful, very happy” Russo gave him up for adoption. “But past that,” he says, “she wasn’t the one who was taking me to football practice, she wasn’t working 12-hour night shifts so she could be with me when I went to school and got home. I think people see what my birth mom did and say, ‘Well, that was great, what she did for you. You should go see her and give her that recognition and be happy for what she did for you.’ I don’t think people realize the sacrifices my mother [Teresa Kaepernick] has made and what she has done for me, and what she has been through in her life to help me to get to where I am now.”

In the middle of Super Bowl week, ESPN’s Rick Reilly wrote a column headlined “A Call Kaepernick Should Make” that angered the Kaepernicks. Reilly has an adopted Korean daughter, Rae, who with the support of her adoptive family returned to South Korea to meet her birth mother. Reilly wrote about how healthy and healing he thought it would be for Colin to reach out to Heidi Russo and for the two to meet. “You can’t imagine what it would mean,” Reilly wrote.

“I know exactly what column you’re talking about because someone sent it to me,” Colin says. “He referenced his situation with his daughter. My first instinct was, Well, number one, it’s none of your business what my decision is, and number two, just because your situation worked out doesn’t mean it will work out like that for everybody else. The fact that he said [the meeting] brought closure to his daughter and she feels better about it now …. To me, there’s no closure to be had. There’s no benefit from it.”

It’s a strange situation. Kaepernick wants to tell the world, “This is a private matter. Leave me alone.” But the game is public, and the media covering pro football is as intensely interested in the people who play the game as it is in the game itself. The bigger Kaepernick gets, the more intense that interest will be. How will he deal with it as his football star grows?

RACE

Kaepernick says his biracial makeup was never a big deal in his formative years in Turlock, mostly because his parents were open with him about it. “They were honest with me from the moment they had me. My parents always told me we could talk about it anytime I wanted to. I never really completely understood what it meant when I was young. To me, they were my family. I don’t remember how old I was. But I said to her one day, ‘Why is my skin darker than yours? I don’t really look the same as you.’

“She told me, ‘It’s because you’re adopted, but I wish I had pretty brown skin like you.’

“I never really thought much about it. Kids would say things sometimes, but my family just always loved me. That was the important thing to me.”

TATTOOS

Another column, by David Whitley of the Sporting News, made the Kaepernick family hot too. “Kaepernick is going to be a big-time NFL quarterback,” Whitley wrote in late November. “That must make the guys in San Quentin happy.” Quarterbacks, Whitley reasoned, are team CEOs, “and you don’t want your CEO to look like he just got paroled.”

“My mom has always been so-so with tattoos,” Kaepernick says. “Like, ‘When are you going to stop? Please don’t get any more.’ As soon as that article came out, she did a complete flip. She was like, ‘How dare you judge my son for his tattoos! Do you even know what his tattoos mean? Do you know what they mean to him?’ ”

Don't judge the man by his body ink. (Harry How/Getty Images)
Don’t judge the man by his body ink. (Harry How/Getty Images)

The SUV drives through the California night. No radio. Just Kaepernick on a roll.

“It blows my mind that people still think tattoos are just gang-related, or have negative connotations,” he says. “So many people have tattoos because their family’s been through something—you heard that police officer tonight—or it’s a situation they’ve been through that’s made them stronger, and they want to make sure they remember it forever. I don’t think people fully understand how deeply people believe in their tattoos.”

Kaepernick’s dad was like many American fathers who despise tattoos, telling his son, “While you live under my roof you’re not going to have a tattoo.” Many of us have said words to this effect to our own teens. So Colin waited until he got to Nevada to start getting a series of religious-themed tattoos. “My first one,” he said, “was Psalms 18:39.” The scroll coming down his right shoulder quotes the Bible verse: “You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.” Ever since, he says, “It’s been a constant working piece.

“To me it’s just another way to be different and try to separate myself as my own man. If I get judged for something like my tattoos, so be it. I was talking to a few of the Rams players [this offseason]. One of their defensive linemen told me, ‘I love the fact that you started kissing your tattoos because of someone writing an article, basically showing everybody that you have tattoos and you’re still a good person. I have tattoos and I get judged for them. You’re really helping me change the perspective of tattoos.’ ”

***

And on the seventh day, he plays quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.

The last time we saw Kaepernick on the field, he was failing, and flailing. Super Bowl XLVII, 49ers’ ball at the Baltimore 5, third-and-goal. Game clock stopped at 1:55 in the fourth quarter. Ravens up 34-29.

“That’s the play I’d like to have back—the play we had to call timeout,” he says. “It was just a slow operation all the way through.”

Kaepernick, set back about five yards from center in the Pistol formation, had the Niners ready at the line with 11 seconds left on the play clock. He started barking signals in the deafening Superdome. With five seconds to go he stepped forward, apparently adjusting the protection because of what he saw in the Baltimore defense. With a couple of seconds left on the play clock, coach Jim Harbaugh scrambled over to the side judge, and just before the clock reached zero the Niners got a timeout.

The players, though, weren’t aware. The ball was snapped. Kaepernick took it and dropped back a step as running back Frank Gore darted left in front of him. Tight end Vernon Davis sealed off linebacker Terrell Suggs, who’d slanted inside from his spot on the right side of the defense. Gore and second tight end Delanie Walker blocked safety Bernard Pollard and could account for cornerback Cary Williams, at the goal line. One more Raven remained to be blocked: Ray Lewis. And here was right guard Alex Boone, pulling left, with Lewis in his sights. Colin Kaepernick, of the very new breed, versus Ray Lewis, of the old school, on what might very well have been the last play of Lewis’s career.

But the showdown didn’t happen. Kaepernick took two running steps toward the left flank before he realized the play had been blown dead.

Rewatch that dead play, and all you can do is dream about what might have been. The play-caller, offensive coordinator Greg Roman, told me last February, “Will it eat at me? Of course it will.” He isn’t alone.

Now it’s silent both inside and outside the SUV—even the normal road noise seems gone—as Kaepernick’s mind goes back to that play in February in New Orleans.

“I constantly think about it,” he says. “I replay it. I rehash it. What could I have done better? If I got everybody up and got them set quicker, we wouldn’t have had to worry about the play clock. The way the play looked to me, I don’t feel there was anybody that was going to stop us from getting in the end zone . . .  It looked like it could have been a walk into the end zone.”

“You saw it the way I saw it?” I ask. “That there’s a good chance it could have been you against Ray Lewis for the Super Bowl?”

“Yeah, I mean … There was a linebacker coming over the top—Ray—but I just don’t feel that was something that was going to matter.”

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San Francisco didn’t want to run the same play after the timeout, so Kaepernick ended up throwing his second of three straight incompletions to Michael Crabtree. On fourth down Kaepernick felt pressure and threw too high and far for Crabtree—who wrestled with corner Jimmy Smith getting off the line and couldn’t get to the ball. It’s doubtful Crabtree would have had a chance at the pass anyway, but Kaepernick didn’t like that there was no penalty call against Smith. “I’m not going to comment on it, but you’re asking the question for a reason,” he says.

“How long,” I ask, “did it take you to get over the game?”

“Still not really over it,” he says ruefully. “It feels like something was stolen.”

But look at what Kaepernick accomplished last year. When Brady and the Patriots fought all the way back from a 31-3 deficit against the 49ers to tie the game at 31 on a rainy December Sunday night in Foxborough, Kaepernick responded. He faced down a zero blitz by New England and found Crabtree for the decisive touchdown in a 41-34 stunner. “What a surreal moment,” he says. “It was crazy, going to shake [Brady’s] hand after the game, knowing we’d just beaten a guy who’s going to go down as one of the greatest ever. I can’t even remember what I said, or what he said.”

By the time the playoffs began, no one knew quite what to expect from Kaepernick, who’d been running the crazy read-option maybe 20% or 30% of the time. Against the Packers in the divisional round, he kept the ball a lot, rushing 16 times for 181 yards. The NFL had been alive for 93 seasons, and no quarterback had rushed for that many yards in a game—ever. That game made Kaepernick realize what a crazy weapon his legs can be.

Still really not over it,” he says of the Super Bowl loss. “It feels like something was stolen.

“It got to a point,” he says, “where we could hear [the Packers’ defenders] arguing while we were in our huddle. ‘You’re supposed to do this,’ or ‘You have to do this, then the other.’ At that point, our offense was like, It’s over. As soon as you start turning on your teammates, you’re not going to be productive. You know you have them in the palm of your hands.”

At Atlanta the next week, for the NFC title, Kaepernick ran the ball exactly once off the read-option . . . and got buried for a two-yard loss. His arm won that game. And in the Super Bowl, it pulled the Niners back after they’d fallen behind 28-6 in the third quarter.

Now? He’ll miss Crabtree, out for at least half the season with a torn right Achilles. He’ll need newcomer Anquan Boldin, stolen from Baltimore for a sixth-round pick, and last year’s first-rounder, A.J. Jenkins, to pick up the slack. “I’ve trained and thrown a lot with A.J. this offseason, and his progress is fantastic,” Kaepernick says. “Night and day from last year. And Anquan, he’s such a man. So glad to have him.” Roman trusts Kaepernick enough to have asked him his likes and dislikes this offseason, and he won’t have the challenge of Alex Smith—traded to Kansas City before the draft—to worry about. The 49ers are Kaepernick’s team, and they should be for years to come. Provided, of course, he doesn’t get KO’d running around too much.

In San Francisco’s final minicamp practice on June 13, before the team dispersed for its summer break, Kaepernick finished with five straight completions to five different receivers, taking the first-team offensive unit downfield crisply against the first-team defense.

“Colin,” said coach Jim Harbaugh, “he’s been on it all offseason.”

Flash back to Kaepernick’s appearance at Pitman High: Everything went smoothly—nothing out of the ordinary other than a few shrieks from graduates who were thrilled that the school’s most illustrious alum had returned to pay tribute to his retiring former coach, Brandon Harris. The coach was stunned to see Kaepernick. The two walked off the stage together, back into the multipurpose room, and shared a rib-breaking hug. Harris took in the scene, perfectly orchestrated by the cops and a 49ers PR aide, right down to the police escort that would get Kaepernick back on the road.

“This is amazing!” Harris said. “Colin has . . . he has handlers!”

Outside, his parents climbed into the back row of the SUV, and Colin sat in the middle row. Three motorcycle cops, sirens blaring, led the way out, zooming past the stopped traffic, through a red light and onto Highway 99.

“This is one serious escort,” Colin said.

“Anymore, we never know what to expect,” Rick Kaepernick added, shaking his head. “But we’re learning.”

A few quiet minutes later, rolling down the highway, Colin went back in time. He was no longer the 49ers quarterback. He was a boy again, a son.

“Mom? We got any food back at the house? I’m starved.”

Well, Teresa said, not really—not enough, anyway. So the SUV pulled into a Little Caesars, and Colin walked in to get a pepperoni pizza to go.

The kid behind the counter took the order, looked up . . . then looked up again before saying, “Whoa!” Kaepernick signed autographs for him and his pizza-maker, paid and thanked them both.

As Kaepernick walked out, another teen held the door for him—and didn’t have to do a double-take. It was Colin Kaepernick, in the flesh. Only one word came out of the kid’s mouth as Kaepernick walked by carrying his pizza box.

“Beast!”

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266 comments
mrkevin
mrkevin

colin  your doing a great job doing what you do  just keep on doing it ...  if you can  try and work on being a little more quicker when running  great job  young man  

bryon999
bryon999

I think they're hideous.  Just my opinion.

Lisa Stanley
Lisa Stanley

As humans we make our own decisions when we're able too. No one knows how a person feel when they're adopted, foster kids, etc... and to JUDGE people based own their decision from what they've experienced, lived and suffered through. I feel he's entitle to feel how he feels. If parents wouldn't have sex and make these kids and give them up. A lot of kids, young adults and adults wouldn't feel like this. I get how he feels and respect his decision, because I've been supporting homeless and foster youth the last five years and a lot of them are ANGRY and it's sad. He may come around and he may not. The LORD will work it out. His body ink is NICE!!!!

Java200
Java200

He may feel he doesn't need closure but covering half your body with ink says differently.  It may not be an issue with the birth mother but he's got SOMETHING going on.  I have no issue with tattoos; I'm talking about someone who has barely left skin visible from the waist up.  

def1107
def1107

Wonderful article, I agree with Colin, his adopted parents are his parents.

fitterdent
fitterdent

that was a GREAT article, i wish there were more high character guys like him not just in football, but in life in general. nice work peter, and also great job with this website, best football writer out there

Spedman24
Spedman24

Can't wait till this dude ends up behind bars where he belongs.

MichaelEarlMcQueen
MichaelEarlMcQueen

Baltimore just had their GIVE ME Super Bowl. handed on a silver plater. I'm telling you right now. The ravens will NOT even make the playoffs in 2013-2014. my 49ers will yet again be back in the Super Bowl to set the record right. Colin Kap is here to stay & has the hottest Arm & Legs & Eyes in the entire NFL. deal with it & hate on those FACTS!... Colin was hotter then Faggo in the SB even though he was on the losing side of  cheating/blind ref game.  Faggo has not been what Colin is right now in his entire Miserable career. Colin FAST! Faggo Slow :( Collin Accurate Faggo Can't hit the side of a barn Colin Electrifying Faggo Boring to watch. 

RealityCheck52
RealityCheck52

Someone should take away idiots computers so they cannot post mindless and uneducated banter on here. The 49ers lose a game and blame it on refereeing that didn't go their way. That is the definition of denial... and just like Colin Kaepernick there is no hope for these fools unless they accept what happened for what it really is and move on. Until that day, they will be known as cry-babies that didn't get their way and blame everyone but themselves. 

MichaelEarlMcQueen
MichaelEarlMcQueen

When People have a Legit reason to complain its called Whining, lol. how about Legitimate Complaining?... well thats a new one. idiots like the ones on here calling it whining?... even if they see the Legit argument & complaints on TV they still call it Whining. talk about fools not wanting to believe what they just watched with their own eyes. so if they see a stabbing in person will they not believe their own eyes?... you could pull all kinds of crimes in front of these dumb asses. after all they REFUSE to believe what they ACTUALLY just seen, lmao.

MichaelEarlMcQueen
MichaelEarlMcQueen

OMG I'm so excited to see him play some more. GO 49ERS!!!.... Soon to be 6-1 on SB's. should been 6-0 right now in SB's if not for the no calls by the Stevie Wonder Ref's. no way the NFL was going to ler Lewis retire a SB Loser. the cards were stacked against the 49ers from the git go.

Hello1813
Hello1813

In the late 90's Allen Iverson started the tattoo craze for athletes.   No one cares that Kapernick has tattoos.   He needs to stop pretending that people do and like he is the only one that has the problem.

RealityCheck52
RealityCheck52

Kaep screws up and costs his team an opportunity to go ahead. So where's the thief? As the leader of your team show up when your teammates are counting on you and get the play in. Winners don't make excuses. Losers do. If you screw up, take it on the chin and don't say a game was stolen. Put the onus on your shoulders and come back next year hungrier. When Lee Evans dropped a game winning touchdown in the AFC Championship the year before, did we hear Joe Flacco blaming him? Or Billy Cudiff for missing a gimme field goal? Nope. Just take the loss and learn from it. Don't cry about it to the press.

CameronSheya
CameronSheya

This article should be the model example for all sports journalists - well done 


AB.JITSU
AB.JITSU

9ers Qb. The Dolfins fan.

thomasoverley
thomasoverley

I have been reading PK for a long time and like him but he does tend to get Man crushes on certain athletes and then concentrates way way to much time on them

RichBich
RichBich

Odd that he keeps referring to what a great job his adopted parents did in raising him. Well, did they  forget to teach him humility or does he just ignore them when theydid? This guy is so a stomach turning, turn off with his "Mr Me" attitude.

DavidKanda
DavidKanda

Sounds like you have a death wish.

ggtank1
ggtank1

I hope you are joking. if not I actually feel sorry for you.

Cartesian
Cartesian

@Spedman24 

^^ 100% of Spedman24 being either a troll or a racist. Possibility of both.

GBNinerFan
GBNinerFan

@Spedman24 For what?  Did he do something wrong that you know about but no one else on the planet does?  Didn't think so.  STFU hater!

matt37
matt37

@Spedman24 What an idiot (that'd be you Spedman).  Did you even read the article?  Loyal family man who loves his family.  Humble enough to show up and honor his high school football coach.  As a 49er fan I know he does multiple fundraisers in the area.  Working with his receivers about 7 seconds after the SB loss and displays a first to practice/last to leave work ethic.  Judging someone because you don't like how they look says more about YOU than them.

RoadKing09
RoadKing09

@MichaelEarlMcQueen Neither team will make the Super Bowl. Colin is a flash in the pan and Flacco is over rated and had a lucky year. Just like Cam was a one year wonder now teams know how to handle him. I seriously do not like either Colin or Cam with their stupid end zone acts. Cam thinks he is super man and Colin thinks he is super buff. Pretty classless in my view. They should act like they have been in the end zone before and show some class. Of course your calling Flacco, Faggo, shows you have even less class.  

RealityCheck52
RealityCheck52

@MichaelEarlMcQueen dude put the keyboard down. you have the mental capacity of a chimpanzee. you shouldn't be allowed to operate a computer let alone watch sports or have a RESPECTED opinion. Just look at your commentary. It's childish and holds no factual weight. Just useless emotions. You sir are an idiot.

vanonymous
vanonymous

@MichaelEarlMcQueen I have to admit.  You do such an awesome job of defining your position, that no reply is necessary.  I applaud you!

vanonymous
vanonymous

@MichaelEarlMcQueen Seriously?  If there was ANY conspiracy in the SB, I'd go with flipping the light switch when y'all were getting stomped 28-6.

MichaelEarlMcQueen
MichaelEarlMcQueen

@Hello1813 How do you figure Colin has the problem about his tats?... its others talking smack about his tats. he is just defending himself. 

MichaelEarlMcQueen
MichaelEarlMcQueen

@RealityCheck52 you would have to be Stevie Wonder to not say that SB 47 was hand delivered to the Ravens by the blind refs. when your visible & bluntly cheated out of something so huge, you damn right you have a right to complain not only in the off season but the rest of your life. Cheating is cheated. so its funny to me when others call it whining. SB 47 is a legit complaint by the 49ers & their fans. your not blind. I'm sure you either hate the 49ers for your own childish reasons or your a Raven or Seahawks fan. you could be GOD'S team but if the ref's don't call any hold calls against the other team you can't have a chance to win. the ref's cheated so badly against the 49ers yet they almost pulled it out. can you Imagen if the refs would of called the game right. the 49ers would of stomped the dead birds in the ground & won by 20.

GBNinerFan
GBNinerFan

@RichBich Wow...I've never seen a more inaccurate judgement of someone.  Did you even read the article??  Guessing not.

matt37
matt37

@RichBich What about him screams "me me"?  Was it showing up to surprise his HS football coach?  Or maybe his fierce loyalty to his parents?  Maybe it was working with his receivers long before any organized activities had begun?


RoadKing09
RoadKing09

@Cartesian @Spedman24 There we go! The race card! The race card gets tossed so much it no longer has any meaning to it. Lame place to us it here as well. I noticed no one tossed the race card when Tebow was made fun of by the press and people for his religious views, yet RG3 and other players get a pass from the press when they get down on their knee after a score and do a little religious prayer. What Spedman24 said was dumb, but racist? Not in the least!

MichaelEarlMcQueen
MichaelEarlMcQueen

@vanonymous @MichaelEarlMcQueen There was no way the NFL were going to let Ray Lewis leave the NFL a loser. 49ers were screwed once they found out they were playing Baltimore. no winning for the 49ers even is Colin had 500 yards passing & 5 TD's. The ref's made damn sure of that. a light going off & on does not having any cheating to it. it just gives a team that is getting beat to collect their thoughts & play like that know they can & have all season long. but a ref not calling a Hold on Bruce Miller by 2 Ravens on the Opening Kickoff that gave the Ravens a bogus TD that should have came back is EVERYTHING in winning or losing. if that would of came back like it should have then the 49ers would of never had to try & come back at the end to win it. see?...

RealityCheck52
RealityCheck52

@MichaelEarlMcQueen Where do I start here... First off learn how to capitalize words at the beginning of sentences. Secondly 'Cheating is cheated'? What does that even mean? Did you mean to write "Cheating is cheating"? Thridly, "You're** not blind"

Also I like to highlight your comment on another post about being gay in the NFL. And I quote from MichaelEarlMcQueen "No 1 on earth will ever make me believe being Gay is a good thing to be. bible says not to lay down with same sex." Dude. Just look at the way you argue your point. You don't sound too smart.

Last the Ravens were HANDLING the 49ers. It was almost laughable how outmatched they were. Had it not been for that FREAK power outage the score differential would have been even greater. The 49ers are over rated and were outplayed in all areas of the game. And if you want to talk about no-calls, how about Navarro Bowman's no-call PI in the previous round vs. the Falcons to seal the game. Losers complain and make excuses. Winners win. It's that simple.

vanonymous
vanonymous

@MichaelEarlMcQueen @vanonymous "a light going off & on does not having any cheating to it. it just gives a team that is getting beat to collect their thoughts & play like that know they can & have all season long"....

Right.  Didn't help the '9'ers at all.  <imagine emoticon with immense rolling eyes>

Picking out plays with "holding" is worthless, dude.  Seriously, a conservative guess is I could find a legitimate "hold" on 60-70% of the plays in the SB.  I'd much rather see a game where the ref's let them play.

gummiebear1011
gummiebear1011

@MichaelEarlMcQueen @RealityCheck52 The Ravens are a good team the best The AFC had last year but clearly the refs gave that game 2-them...The refs R- human don't think it doesn't get personal 4-them we have all seen it time & time again. The NFL has forgiven Ray Lewis and your right they weren't going 2- let him go into the Hall (which he deserves) without another super bowl win.... Joe has never had the kind of things that R-said about Kap said about him. Kap could of pitched in Major league baseball remember that he's not just a runner this dude can really throw. The 9ers will make history this year as the first team to lose the Super bowl & the next year 2- win it.

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RealityCheck52
RealityCheck52

@MichaelEarlMcQueen @RealityCheck52 P.S. you called me IGNORANT and in the same paragraph stated you "did not read everything i typed". You then proceeded to make an assumption that all I care to argue are your grammatical errors. Do you see the irony here? 

MichaelEarlMcQueen
MichaelEarlMcQueen

@RealityCheck52 @MichaelEarlMcQueen your to ignorant to hold a conversation with. all you care about is correcting other peoples spelling & not about talking facts. shows your immaturity & how mush of a moron you really are. i did not read everything you typed. you really need to learn how to interact with others. nothing else from you will be read by me loser, kik

MichaelEarlMcQueen
MichaelEarlMcQueen

@RealityCheck52 @MichaelEarlMcQueen @BigSchtick Being a sore loser is not a bad thing when you know your team got shafted by the refs. if the shoe was on the other foot & the ravens lost like we did to them there would be so much complaining & i would not blame them even if the 49ers beat them like they did us with the help of the ref's. I would know the ravens & their fans had a legit argument. i would actually come out & say "Yall got robbed" & " that opening kickoff by the 49ers should have came back."... i would say that right to a ravens face. sure i would be glad my 49ers pulled off a SB win like that even if the refs missed calls that Ray Charles could have seen but it would be a tarnished victory for my 49ers & myself to know that my team did not win it legitimately. that would be lingering the rest of my life knowing that my 49ers should be 5-1 in SB's & not 6-0 if we had win like the Ravens.

RealityCheck52
RealityCheck52

@MichaelEarlMcQueen @BigSchtick Its hilarious you are STILL losing sleep over phantom no-calls by refs. See how far that gets your fanbase. Just makes you look like sore losers... hence the name forty-whiners. For as long as there are fans like you, that nickname will stick. Good job buddy!

MichaelEarlMcQueen
MichaelEarlMcQueen

@BigSchtick @MichaelEarlMcQueen That whiner crap is over used & over done to death. it holds no water anymore. a Legit reason to complain is just that, LEGIT. so call it what you like. does not bother me 1 bit, lol. i call it like it is. my words are FACT. you can't see that because your either a Ravens fan oe just hate the 49ers for your own childish reason. sorry but calling it how it is :)

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