Colin Kaepernick surprises crowd at high school graduation


Colin Kaepernick pulled off the sneak, and it might have been his best play yet.

The 49ers quarterback made a surprise appearance at his old high school’s graduation, to celebrate a former coach and teacher.

According to Marijke Rowland of the Modesto Bee, Kaepernick’s appearance at Pitman High School was planned in conjunction with the departures of football coach Brandon Harris and teacher David Jack.

After handing out all the diplomas, Principal Rod Hollars cued up what he said was a live video feed of Kaepernick talking. Moments later, the quarterback came around the corner of the stage to surprise his old mentors.

“I had to come back to say goodbye to two of my favorite teachers and also congratulate the graduates,” Kaepernick said. “I’m saying goodbye to one of my good friends and best coaches. I have a lot of great memories with him.”

It was a quick trip, five minutes total, but made quite an impression on the graduates and their families.

“It was a total surprise,” said Kristin Pope, who came to support her graduating cousin. “He’s an amazing person to come and say goodbye to his coach. I think it’s great. Like, what quarterback in the NFL does that?”

One who hasn’t forgotten where he came from, apparently.

30 responses to “Colin Kaepernick surprises crowd at high school graduation

  1. It’s kind of cool having an NFL qb at your graduation, but kind of steals the spotlight from the graduating seniors.
    I could see some dads, years down the road, the only thing they remember from their kid’s graduation is the 49er’s quarterback showing up

  2. I was there last night, pretty cool reaction from the crowd. It should also be noted Coach Harris is leaving out of state to look after his mother who is battling cancer. Prayers go out for the best to Coach and his family. Nice gesture from Kaepernick to send off one of his coaches.

  3. @ ozymandias – agree with possibly the exception of Luck over the long term. Regardless, this is a very classy (interesting contrast with his current coach) move to pay tribute to the folks who helped him get as far as he has.

  4. Dude is a class act through and through, I am very proud he is my teams QB. Aside from his raw talent I am excited to see what he does with an entire offseason to hone his skills.

    Cause believe me, we ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  5. A class act. He had very good foster parents. It shows what good parenting can do. Another example is Michael Oher who is now wearing a Super Bowl ring.

  6. I have seen nothing but class and talent from this guy. He’s got miles to go but I hope he ends up the same lineage as Y.A, Brodie, Montana, and Young.

  7. He had to return some overdue books to the school library anyway, so he thought “why the heck not?”. The school generously offered to waive the $23,ooo in accumulated fines.

  8. A great, humble gesture.
    I dont understand how anyone could see this as anything but kind and genuine.

    Great to hear some of the good stories in the league (and there are plenty of these kinds of guys around the NFL.)

    It gets old listening to this guy complain about his salary, or that guy whine about his playing time.

  9. This is a pretty classy thing for a guy to do. I’m really surprised at the criticism. I guess trollism will out.

  10. Just became a Kaepernick fan. On a side note, to those saying he stole the spotlight from the graduates…is it REALLY that big a deal to graduate from high school? Unless you’re some inner-city kid whose going to be the first in your family to graduate(not including a GED) then isn’t it just a formality? As worthless as a college degree has become, a high school diploma is literally just a piece of paper. How many jobs today can some seriously be excluded from by not having a high school diploma? And if a person is going for one of those jobs, they’re likely to be someone who is going to brag for life about an NFL QB showing up at his graduation anyway. I wasn’t aware the high school graduation spotlight was so bright.

  11. With all the stories about DUI’s, suspensions, whining about salaries in the news recently, it’s a nice wholesome story. But of course the trolls are out. Their team/life probably sucks so they have to hate on a stand-up guy.

  12. Nice gesture showing up for his coach retirement.

    He still ain’t no Russell Wilson.

    All you niner fans busy living in the past, let’s count trophies won in this century, not your ancient history 🙂

  13. bbwasright,

    And those people show their ignorance when they think things like that based on tattoos. I appreciate knowing that about them up front. 🙂

    Kaepernick is also the only guy in the niners’ locker room who could spell Asomugha correctly. 🙂

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