Hate it or love it, Colin Kaepernick isn’t going anywhere. The former NFL quarterback turned activist is all over the place right now. You can see him as on television, gigantic Nike advertisement billboards, social media, and in headlines ranging from pop culture to national anthem protests to collusion cases to President Donald Trump.
It will soon to be time to add John H. Pitman High School Hall of Fame to the list.
On November 3, Kaepernick will be inducted to his high school alma mater’s inaugural hall of fame class in Turlock, California.
A three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball, Kaepernick was nominated as an All-State selection in all three sports while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Most notably, the 6-foot-4 quarterback was the Most Valuable Player of the Central California Conference and led Pitman to its first-ever playoff victory.
After graduating high school in 2006, Kaepernick went on to play college football at the University of Nevada, where he was the two-time Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He was even drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 2009 MLB Draft before staying in Reno, Nevada to play football and not signing with the Cubs.
Kaepernick spent six seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers after being selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He threw for 12,271 yards with 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions while rushing for 2,300 yards and 13 more scores in 69 career regular season games. He also added 1,374 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions in six playoff games, including a start in Super Bowl XLVII.
Kaepernick is just one of two players from Stanislaus County to ever appear in a Super Bowl.
From strictly an athletic standpoint, there is no doubt Kaepernick belongs in his high school’s Hall of Fame with 2006 classmate Anthony Harding, among others.
However, with the social media stir his name causes now, there will certainly be a few who disagree he should honored with anything.
No matter where you turn, Kaepernick is a topic of conversation, and it’s only fitting to add a few more things like the Pitman High School Hall of Fame to the list.