Covering one of the September issues of GQ (along with RGIII) to help kick off the upcoming NFL season, Colin Kaepernick is showing off his chiseled body and intricate tattoo work for not just male GQ readers, but the ladies too! The new issue, which drops on August 20, features the San Francisco 49er in all his glory as he discusses, along with his family, his struggles as a biracial kid growing up with white adoptive parents in California, as well as what he loves most about playing football.
On feeling like people treated him weird as a biracial child growing up in a white family:
“On summer vacations, it happened every time. We’d be checking into a motel and somebody would come up to me as I’m standing next to my family, all nervous, and say, ‘Um, can I help you with something?”
“You know what I love most about this game? You know what I miss the most when I’m away from it? Being around my teammates. That’s it! Growing up, when I dreamed about playing in the NFL, it was never about being famous, never about the roar of the crowd. It was about other players, because there is no other sport where you rely on your teammates so much. The fact that you can go out there and trust ten other people without even looking at them, that’s amazing. That you can build that type of trust and have that type of confidence where you can throw a ball without seeing where a receiver’s at, and just trust he’s gonna be there and make a play. You have to have that trust because it’s a physical sport where people get hurt. There’s that much more at stake. I love trusting my well-being to those ten other people. And I love the trust those ten people put in me to lead them, to figure out what they need in order to make them as good as they can be.
Do you know what that feels like, to know those guys have my back and not worry about that? I couldn’t feel any of that as a pitcher. On the mound it was just me and the batter. And the questions were all about me: What can I do to throw him off? What can I do to beat him? But there was not that trust, that feeling of relying on others and others relying on you. That feeling of ‘It’s just you‘— I didn’t like that.”
The images inside the spread are pretty fabulous as well with Kaepernick, who they refer to as CK1, showing off the newest high fashions for the fella (including a lot of leather) and those abs folks will really flip through to see. Women folks that is. Check out a few more images below and read the full interview and see all the hot photos with Kaepernick over at GQ, and be sure to pick it up when it drops on August 20.