2:15AM EST November 30. 2012 – MODESTO, Calif. — Colin Kaepernick is the new starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers thanks to a blend of athleticism and surprising veteran savvy for a second-year player, but some people can’t see beyond the tattoo ink that covers his arms.
That’s because it’s common among NFL players, but rare for a passer.
David Whitley of the Sporting News lobbed criticism at Kaepernick in a column Thursday. Whitley wrote, “NFL quarterback is the ultimate position of influence and responsibility. He is the CEO of a high-profile organization, and you don’t want your CEO to look like he just got paroled.”PRAISE: College teammate high on Kaepernick
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Suffice to say that Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, the parents who adopted Colin as a baby, weren’t happy with the analysis comparing their son to inmates. And they relayed their feelings to USA TODAY Sports.