A select few ProCamps participants were invited to a private luncheon with Colin Kaepernick, sponsored by Citi Private Pass. I have to admit, I didn’t expect the questions to be as probing as they were, so I wasn’t recording the session from the beginning. If I can get my hands on the rest, I will update the post. Those questions ranged from thoughts on taking Alex Smith’s job to where Marcus Martin will be in four years. Yes, really. Keep in mind these campers are in grades 1-8.
Here’s what I did get:
Camper: Who is your favorite wide receiver?
Colin Kaepernick: Well, Vernon (Davis) is a tight end so he doesn’t count. Brandon (Llyod) hasn’t played with us yet and Stevie (Johnson) hasn’t played with us yet so I’m going with Anquan (Boldin) and Crab (Michael Crabtree)
Camper: I KNEW IT!
Camper: How do you feel about players on your team not attending camp because they want new contracts?
CK: (laughter) Man, they are coming with some questions today.
ProCamp Director: This used to be like a casual lunch…what’s your favorite video game…we are having media day two here.
CK: It’s something that, obviously we want them there, um we want them working with the team, we want that chemistry, but, I mean at the end of the day they’re all men and that’s their right to make that decision. Hopefully when training camp comes around they’ll be with us and we can make another run for a Super Bowl.
Camper: What’s hardest team you’ve ever played?
CK: Seattle is definitely the toughest defense we play. Every time we play them, we know it’s going to be a dog fight. They come ready.
Camper: Who is your favorite teammate?
CK: In my career or on the 49ers?
CK: Favorite teammate…I think Bruce (Miller) is one of my favorite teammates. He is someone I came in with from the draft. He actually stayed with me our first summer out here during the lockout and he’s someone that, he comes in, he works hard everyday, he’s a great player but he’s a better person and even came to my Camp Taylor Golf Event last week and helped the kids with heart defects. So he’s someone I have a lot respect for and a great friend.
Camper: Who was your favorite player when you were 10?
CK: When I was 10, my favorite player was Brett Favre. (laughter) Don’t shoot me for this. I was actually a Packers fan growing up. I was born in Milwaukee, my whole family lives in Wisconsin so I used to be green and gold…but um, I was a Brett Favre fan growing up, I always watched him, always admired how he played the game and how excited he was to play.
Camper: What runs through your mind when you like take off and score a touchdown?
CK: Really uh, that’s nothing I really think about while I’m doing it. There’s a lot of times I feel like I don’t really realize what’s going on until after the play. Its more reacting to what’s going on and a feel for the game but something that definitely gets your adrenaline going.
Camper: When did you come up with the Kaepernicking?
CK: It actually came up after I had started a couple of games. Someone had [written] an article talking about my tattoos and how they were thuggish and related me to an inmate in San Quentin and all sorts of ridiculous things, so Kaepernicking actually started because the next time I scored, I wanted to show everybody I love my tattoos, they’re there for a reason, they’re something that mean a lot to me, so that was my way of showing everyone I love my tattoos.
Camper: How many touchdowns have you gotten so far?
CK: In the NFL? Hmmm. That’s a very good question.
PCDirector: We had this same question with Ben Roethlisberger and he didn’t know the answer either…do your know your number?
CK: I have no idea.
PCD: Good, see he’s about the team, he’s not worried about personal stats. This is a good message for you guys he doesn’t know his number.
Camper: What time did you start wanting to play football?
CK: I wanted to play football since I can remember. I grew up around it, my brother played, we always watched football on Sundays and I started playing when I was eight years old and I haven’t stopped since.
I vote for having kids do all of the press conferences with Kaepernick. The kids were fantastic, and Colin smiled during the entire interview.