Former Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick took a break from visiting NFL teams to stop by the NFL Network studios in Culver City, Calif. on Tuesday, so we took a few minutes to get to know him a little more personally:
What is something about you most people don’t know?
CK: I watch a lot of cartoons. I watch a lot of “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Phineas and Ferb.” If you know our head coach at all, you know he’s a demanding guy. He’s a perfectionist. If it’s not, he lets you know about it. For me, off the field, cartoons are something that can ease my mind and get me back into having fun and just relaxing. For me, cartoons make that easier.
Best cartoon ever?
CK: I like the old-school Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoons. I’m talking Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Bugs Bunny and Marvin the Martian!
Here’s a natural segue … who is your favorite NFL quarterback?
CK: Of all-time, I would say Brett Favre. I was a Packers fan growing up, and just to see the way he played the game and how excited he was about it all the time, he’s my favorite. Currently, it would have to be Peyton Manning. For me, the mental aspect of the game he has complete control of and is able to see exactly what the defense is doing and pick them apart, is amazing to me.
Of all the career numbers you have, the records, what do they mean to you?
CK: That I’ve had a lot great teammates. For me, I don’t really see a lot of the things I do as what I do, I see that as what our team does. It just happens to be that I’m the quarterback in those situations. It took form each year, and happened to grow each year until last season. It’s really been a team effort that went into it.
I see the ring – the 2010 WAC championship ring — on your finger …
CK: Yes. Virgil Green and I game-planned to wear these to NFL Network. It’s actually the first time I’ve ever worn it out of the house. I wore it the day we got it, that whole day, but after that I put it away. It’s a little different wearing it. But it’s something you look at and feel proud. It feels good.
Did the win over Boise St. put Nevada on the map?
CK: I think that put a stamp on it, as far as Nevada being a national team now. I think we started to get attention after we beat Cal earlier in the season, but I think people still questioned whether we could win the big game and really compete with the top teams in the nation. I think when we beat (Boise St.) on that Friday night, a lot of people didn’t expect that from us and realized we have a lot of players on our team. Going through the draft process now, people are realizing the NFL-quality talent there.
What do you say to teams who question whether you can play outside the ‘Pistol’ offense?
CK: I think once teams sit down with me during individual meetings and really find out what our offense was, that we checked protections the same way they do, that we did a lot of things based on coverages the same way they do, and that a lot of progressions in the passing game are similar to theirs as well. Teams coming in had the perception about our offense and that I’m an option quarterback. To me, I don’t it that way, I see myself as a quarterback who had the run the option for the offense to be successful.
You were drafted by the Cubs in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft. Does that make you a Cubs fan?
CK: Well, I’m actually not. I’m a Brewers fan. I was born in Milwaukee, so I’m all Wisconsin teams all day.
Who ranks as your favorite actor?
CK: I have to say Denzel Washington. There’s something about the way he carries himself and is able to change who he portrays and still be great at hit. His best movie is “Training Day,” no doubt.
When they tell the Colin Kaepernick life story, what actor plays you?
CK: I’ll go with Will Smith. He’s a funny person, a very likable person, but at the same time he can be serious and really handle his business. I’ll stay away from talking about his rapping abilities, though.