ENDURING LOSSES

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Associated Press

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 10:37 AM

AP national sports columnist Tim Dahlberg writes about Colin Kaepernick's parents, Rick and Teresa, and who lost two sons in their mid-20s before the future 49ers quarterback was born. Read the whole column here: http://bit.ly/VsFmEc

An excerpt:

Their new son was 5 weeks old when they first held him at the Lutheran Social Services office in Appleton, Wis. He was healthy, vibrant, and full of life.

On Sunday he'll be behind center, trying to win a Super Bowl for the San Francisco 49ers.

"He's ready to roll," Rick Kaepernick said this week from his hotel room in this party town. "He's pretty focused."

If the story of Colin Kaepernick's meteoric rise from obscurity to superstar in the making is a remarkable one, the story of his life bears some telling, too. Born to a teenager in Wisconsin a quarter century ago, the only memories he has of his early life are with the couple who adopted him.

He doesn't like to talk about it, and has declined chances to meet with his birth mother. For their part, the Kaepernicks particularly dislike it when people refer to their son as adopted.

Of course, they couldn't have imagined when they began the process that the offspring of a blonde, athletic mother and an African-American father who was out of the picture before he was born would be a star quarterback.

"At the end of the day he's just our son," Rick said.

— Tim Dahlberg — http://twitter.com/timdahlberg

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