- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A few months back, there was little doubt that Colin Kaepernick would be spending draft day with his family at his parents’ house in California.

Kaepernick finished a four-year career at Nevada with gaudy statistics _ he’s the only player in college football history with three seasons of 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing _ but not much buzz as an NFL prospect.

In the pecking order of quarterbacks available in this draft, Kaepernick seemed to be far behind the top guns such as Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert, Washington’s Jake Locker and Ryan Mallett of Arkansas.

Well, much has changed since January. With the help of strong showings at the combine and senior bowl, Kaperenick’s stock has soared to the point where he has been invited by the NFL to attend to draft in New York, which starts April 28 with the first round in prime time.


“Not 100 percent sure what I’m going to do yet,” Kaepernick told the AP on Monday. “But either way I I think it’ll be a good time on draft day.”

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A little more than a week before the draft, Kaepernick was taking some time to relax after a busy few weeks on the road visiting NFL teams.

He said he needed to decide in a few days if he would make the trip to New York with his family to attend the draft.

He’s never spent any extended time in New York. His one trip there came earlier this year, when he did a photo shoot for a magazine.

“The cool part about being there, you’re going to be around a lot of the best prospects,” he said. “Some of them might be your teammates, some of them might be the competition. It’ll be cool just to sit around and talk with them and hang out. Just to get that experience of being in New York for draft day.”

While it’s important to Kaepernick that his family be involved in his big day, he also knows that he can count on his mother and father to provide guidance without trying to run his life.

When Kaepernick was being scouted by Major League Baseball teams in high school, his parents never tried to dissuade him from following his passion and playing football _ even though he received only one scholarship offer.

“That’s how he’s been my whole life,” Kaepernick said about his father. “When I started playing football when I was 8 years old, it was this is something you can do if you want, but it’s up to you.”

Kaepernick’s father, Rick, and mother, Teresa, adopted him when he was a baby, just a few weeks after he was born in 1987. He spent the first four years of his life in Wisconsin _ long enough to become a Packers fan in a family full of them _ and the family moved to Turlock, Calif., when he was 4.

Kaepernick tends not to offer up that he was adopted, though as his father says, the family photos make it pretty obvious that Colin came from a different gene pool. Colin’s skin is much darker than the rest of his family.

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