When Tim Tebow was winning the hearts of everyone, including Skip Bayless, during 2011's Tebow Time, it must have seemed absurd to think we'd find a player as involuntarily polarizing as the former Heisman Trophy.
And then came Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick, a black quarterback, adopted by a white couple in Wisconsin, has divided fans for years with regards to his skills, his tattoos, and his infamous kneeling protests. I know, it's tough to remember when Kaepernick was looked at as a threat not because of his message or his skin color, but because of how dangerous he was running the ball under Jim Harbaugh.
With that said, let's take a look at Kaepernick's happier times and see how well you know the former second-round pick. Are there ground rules with something like this? Well, yes...
- The basic facts that we all know - Kaepernick has adoptive parents, he was a second-round pick, he is blackballed from the NFL for his protests and his hair - don't count. We know those things!
- This is not a list solely about his protest. Aspects and facts will be included, but it's things you likely had no idea happened.
- This is not a bigoted piece on Kaepernick nor his protests. Things like "Colin Kaepernick is a hero, regardless of what you think" will not be on this list.
Now that we are clear on those basic rules, let's take a look back at one of the more captivating quarterbacks in recent memory.
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