By Christiana Van Bree
Starting quarterback of the 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, has an extremely supportive fan that he has yet to meet: his mother.
Colin Kaepernick is the quarterback for the 49ers, an American football team. He was picked in the NFL draft in 2011 after playing football for the University of Nevada. He was raised by his adoptive parents in California.
Kaepernick was giving up for adoption at six weeks old by his mother, Heidi Russo. Russo was merely twenty years o
ld at the time. Kaepernick was given to Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, who already had two children of their own. Giving the child to the Kaepernick’s, who could raise Kaepernick and provide for him better than his birth mother, seemed like the best thing for a single-mother that young to do. Russo ended communications with the Kaepernicks when Colin was about seven.
She found him years later through MySpace, after he began playing for the University of Nevada. Russo messaged her son. Over a month later, Kaepernick replied and asked about his birth father, of whom Russo had no contact with. The communication soon ended between the two.
Kaepernick never wanted to meet his biological mother. To him, his mother and father are the two people who raised him, the Kaepernicks.
Russo attends Kaepernick’s games and even films some. She hopes he will see her in the audience and want to meet.
“I kept looking at him, thinking our eyes might meet. He might finally see me. I kept thinking it happened, but he never came to see me after the game.” Russo said in an interview with Jason Cole from Yahoo Sports.
For now, Kaepernick does not intend to meet his birth mother; however, Russo hopes a better relationship between the two will come.