Colin Kaepernick Talks Football & Prejudice in GQ September 2013


Colin Kaepernick Talks Football & Prejudice in GQ September 2013

With football season just around the corner, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick fronts the September 2013 issue of GQ.

Showing off his biceps and perfect abs for the Ben Watts-shot spread, the 25-year-old athlete chats about the upcoming season and reveals his struggles growing up.

Check out a few highlights from Mr. Kaepernick”s Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit GQ!

On reliving bad plays on the field:
“All my life, Ive had these flashbacks, these dreams, nightmares, day-mares, like visions, where I relive certain plays. Only the bad plays. I see them over and over, as if somebodys rewinding a tape and forcing me to watch. Some of these are recent. But some of them go back to high school. Every time I relive these mistakes of mine, Im also forced to ask, What could I have done different What decisions could I have made This stuff haunts me, but I like it, because it makes the game hard. And the more I study, the more comfortable I feel with what a defense is going to do.

On preferring football over other sports:
You know what I love most about this game You know what I miss the most when Im away from it Being around my teammates. Thats it! Growing up, when I dreamed about playing in the NFL, it was never about being famous, never about the roar of the crowd. It was about the other players, because there is no other sport where you rely on your teammates so much. The fact that you can go out there and trust ten other people without even looking at them, thats amazing. That you can build that type of trust and have that type of confidence where you can throw a ball without seeing where a receivers at, and just trust hes gonna be there and make a play… Do you know what that feels like, to know those guys have my back and not worry about that I couldnt feel any of that as a pitcher. On the mound it was just me and the batter. And the questions were all about me: What can I do to throw him off What can I do to beat him But there was not that trust, that feeling of others relying on you. That feeling of Its just youI didnt like that.

On being underestimated:
I think the biggest part of my game thats underestimated is the mental part of it. Probably because its invisible. You cant see the hours I put in. It is funny to me that because I can run, because Im athletic, people tend to see that as my only asset. And thats fine–I hope they continue to see it that way [and underestimate me]. Look, I wont say that view is racist. I will say that its stereotypical. Ive just heard it so many times before.

On dealing with prejudice after being adopted by two white parents:
I think the biggest part of my game thats underestimated is the mental part of it. Probably because its invisible. You cant see the hours I put in. It is funny to me that because I can run, because Im athletic, people tend to see that as my only asset. And thats fine–I hope they continue to see it that way [and underestimate me]. Look, I wont say that view is racist. I will say that its stereotypical. Ive just heard it so many times before.