Green Bay Packers: The Colin Kaepernick Hype is Over


The Green Bay Packers are traveling to San Francisco this weekend to take on the 49ers and I couldn’t be more excited. Not because the Packers could improve their record to 4-0. Not because we get to see if the Packers defense is as good as advertised for another week. But I’m excited because the Packers should beat a quarterback who I have strongly disliked for years.

I was having a conversation with my older brother about how I honestly can’t stand 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He asked why and I quickly responded it’s because when he scores against the Packers, he flexes and kisses his muscle. You know, “Kaepernicking.”

My brother goes, “well how is that any different than Aaron Rodgers scoring and putting on his championship belt?” I guess it’s not. But I never looked at it as Rodgers showboating simply because I am a Packers fan and happen to think Rodgers is one of the NFL’s all-time greats.

He then told me “it’s not because Kaepernick gloats when he scores, it’s because of his success against the Packers that you really hate.”

Big brother is right.

There might not be another player in the league that has had more success against the Packers than Kaepernick. And to be honest, the Packers helped create the whole legend of Kaepernick after his performance in the 2012 NFC divisional playoffs. Kaepernick rushed for 181 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7). Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The following season in the 2013 season opener, Kaepernick passed for 412 yard and three touchdowns. But that would change when Kaepernick would finally come to Lambeau Field, right? There’s no way he could perform against the Packers like the previous two games on the Frozen Tundra, right?

Well he did.

Kaepernick passed for 227 yards with a touchdown and also ran for 96 yards ending the Packers season yet again in the playoffs and improving his overall record against the Packers to 3-0.

Yea, I don’t like Kaepernick. But it’s more than just the fact that he has his best games against us. One reason could be just the way he acts when facing the Packers.

The kissing the bicep thing, okay, I don’t get it. Maybe if I was a fan of the 49ers, I would flex my muscle and kiss it every time my boss at work said I’m doing a great job. But I’m not a fan. And because I’m not a fan, I find it annoying. But that’s just one reason.

The other is when they faced Kaepernick last and it was 5 degrees outside, he tried to show his “toughness” by going sleeveless the entire game. And oh, he was just one of the toughest players of all time to bare freezing temperatures without any sleeves. Yet, every time there was a timeout on the field, Kaepernick would run to the sideline and scream for one of the 49ers personnel to throw a big winter jacket around his shoulders. No one seems to mention that, do they?

Or does my dislike stem from the fact the media seems to over hype Kaepernick every chance they get. Not as much recently because he has been mistake prone as of late, but I remember an ESPN article coming out where Ron Jaworksi said Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. One of the greatest ever? And now, two years later, one of the greatest quarterbacks ever is throwing for less than 200 yards a game and has twice as many interceptions as touchdowns. And if he loses this weekend against the Packers, it might be time to pull the plug.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick led his team to a 34-28 win over the Packers back in September. The Packers will have to contain Kaepernick and the Niners defense once again this weekend. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Or is it his Beats by Dre commercial where he’s walking past a bunch of screaming fans but he can’t hear them because he has Aloe Blacc’s “I’m the man,” blasting through his headphones? Tell me that commercial doesn’t make you stand up and say “I know you hear me Colin. You are NOT the man.” No? Well I know that’s what I do.

Or lastly, maybe it’s the offseason tweets coming from Kaepernick where every tweet was displayed with the hashtag #7tormsComing. Oh yea, the NFL better be ready because Kaepernick is about to be unleashed and no one is safe from Hurricane Kaepernick.

Whatever the reason is, there’s just something about him that rubs me the wrong way. It could be the little things outside of the game of football, but it’s more likely the fact he has so much success when playing the Packers.

I certainly hope that changes this weekend. I think it will. I can’t foresee the Packers losing to the 49ers. They just aren’t as strong as they have been in years past. I hope the Packers win and win big. And when they do, #7tormsComing. Only it will be a storm of 49ers fans ready to unleash on Kaepernick.

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