Kaepernick shuns spotlight to start offseason work

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Colin Kaepernick had chances to go to the Oscars and the Grammys, to appear on Jay Leno or write books.

But the 49ers quarterback is spending the first few weeks of his offseason hitting the gym instead of the red carpet.

According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Kaepernick headed to Atlanta to work out at a training facility there, the same place he prepared for the 2011 draft.

Aaron Roberts of CES Performance said there are around 50 college kids there working out, along with 12 NFL veterans.

“A few of our veterans are easing into it,” Roberts said. “Colin, of course, is here all day, every day.”

Roberts said Kaepernick chose to work out with the offensive linemen, because of their reputation for early hours and intense work.

Kaepernick took a week after the Super Bowl and made a few appearances (including one at the Cartoon Network’s Hall of Game Awards), but has since poured himself back into preparing for a season that’s seven months away.

“The highest priority right now is to keep it normal,” his marketing representative Shawn Smith said. “He just wants to be normal. He just wants to train.”

Kaepernick’s head-down approach was evident in his late-season play, as the game never seemed too big for him. Now that he no longer has the element of surprise on his side, he’s putting in the hours to build on the early results.

34 responses to “Kaepernick shuns spotlight to start offseason work

  1. I was skeptical when Colin went in for Smith, and I do believe Smith was done wrong. I hope he gets a shot to be a staryer somewhere. I’m a believer in Colin now. It’ll be interesting to see what he can do in a full season. The kids heart and physical attributes are there. I think he will get even better going into the offseason knowing he’s the starter and having gone to the superbowl. Go Niners!

  2. There are just a handful of players I would tune in just to watch. He’s one of them. I haven’t seen anything in his personality that would lead me to believe he will be a “1 year wonder”. It’s so refreshing to see how many of these young QBs (2yrs in and fewer) really seem to have the maturity and work ethic you love to see.

  3. Good for him! I enjoy reading occasional stories of NFL athletes trying to better themselves in the offseason instead of partying, shooting commercials, and living lavish lifestyles while holding out for bigger contracts. Treat him right, 49ers, and he’ll do wonders for your organization.

  4. Almost two years ago when Jim Harbaugh was talking about Kaepernick, he said he was “all ball.” He was right. Kaepernick is all about the game. 6’5″, 235 lbs, fast as lightening, rocket arm, poise in the pocket, and cool-headed in the game – I think he’s got the right stuff. And Harbaugh knows quarterbacks. Years ago, when he was a talent evaluating assistant for the Raiders, his advice to them was to take Tony Romo in the second round. Romo wasn’t even drafted. The only reason he waited to move up in the second to draft Kaepernick is because he needed a pass rusher and he was pretty sure the rest of the league was going to whiff on Kaepernick just like they did on Romo.

  5. I am a GIANTS fan, so of course I don’t like the 49ers, but I am a big fan of Kaepernick. He and Russel Wilson are two young QBs who I think are going to have a great Rivalry out there in the NFC West. They both have what it takes, and they have that ‘IT’ factor.

    He just seems like he really is dialed in and at a young age just understands what it takes to be a winner and be great.

    You had better believe that a lot of teams will be looking for the next Russel Wilson/Colin Kaepernick in this year’s draft.

  6. He has scary good skills. Being a Ravens fan I think I held my breath for nearly every snap he took in the second half of the Super Bowl.

    Compliments aside, I expected this kind of bromance article from Florio.

  7. Think how good Cam Newton could be if he had this kind of attitude and work ethic.

    Because of their work ethics and competitive spirits, I expect this kid and Harbaugh to end up with multiple rings.

  8. if ure a niners fan that’s got to be extremely encouraging. Those are the types of values that brings home multiple titles. As a bears fan I can only sit back and wish I had a qb with that same focus and determination! Even though im a bears fan I’ll root for the kid!

  9. Lets go Kaep!! Head down, keep it going sir! Awesome work ethic… Always working out and training before all!! If you watch Kaep in his rookie preseason you can tell he was raw.. Almost 2 years later and this man is fastly becoming one of the best! Kaep is the best choice to lead us to the future.. And our future is NOW.. Super Bowl win bound !! GO NINERS

  10. He knows he hasn’t reached his maximum performance yet. It’s great to see a young player being so dedicated to his craft, and to see him not giving in to Being A Celebrity.

  11. whitdog23 says:
    Feb 18, 2013 10:36 AM
    total PR move before asking for “starters contract”. who trains like a madman right after grueling season with 7 months to go

    You do realize that because of the new CBA, his contract can’t be changed for at least one more season? Thus, this isn’t a pr move.

  12. Good attitude, but i hope he isn’t pursuing a ‘Tim Tebow-designed’ training regimen. The priority shouldn’t be on getting ‘huge’ for the sake of being bigger. Tebow’s model doesn’t work. By contrast, QBs like Montana, Manning, Manning, Brady, et al were never workout monsters. I’d rather see my QB take some physical time off, but re-engage quickly with the game film.

    Good luck to him. He’s a compelling story, and on my To Watch list.

  13. Love to see Kaep’s work ethic… this kid has a bright future, especially if he keeps working hard. I’m excited for next year, hopefully the 49ers can continue to improve!

  14. Now he is shunning the spotlight. Maybe if he was a bit more focused prior to the SB San Fran might have another ring on their finger. Alas the dynasty will have to wait for awhile longer. Maybe if he just keeps kissing that bicep a little more they can get back again next year.

  15. I wish our QB Romo had this work ethic. He has talent but could be so much better if he focused like this. I wish Colin the best because I love seeing young players with the right attitude. The 49ers found a good one here. I hope other players young and old are taking notice.

  16. Kaepernick has a great work ethic no doubt, but don’t believe everything you read. Those opportunities were for IF the 49ers won the Super Bowl, but great way to spin the story.

    He was NOT invited to the Oscars nor Grammys. You can ask representatives with BOTH the Recording Academy and Academy Awards. Notice Joe Flacco did The Late Show with Letterman because of the CBS affiliation. They wanted Super Bowl Champions.

  17. “The highest priority right now is to keep it normal,” his marketing representative Shawn Smith said. “He just wants to be normal. He just wants to train.”


    If you want to be perceived as normal, I would recommend not having a “marketing representative” on your payroll.

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