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Morning Tailgate: Kaepernick's Playful Side

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Colin Kaepernick seemed to be enjoying himself a great deal in San Francisco's 32-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals.


Laughing, smiling, having fun. That was Colin Kaepernick's Sunday afternoon at Candlestick Park.

The 49ers quarterback enjoyed himself throughout San Francisco's 32-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Even when he was knocked down by Cardinals linebacker John Abraham, Kaepernick brushed it off.

Kaepernick's media demeanor is mostly serious, but when he's around his teammates, the 49ers quarterback quite a playful character. The latest "Mic'd Up" offerning from 49ers Studios showcased why Kaepernick is loved by his teammates and coaching staff.

READ: KAEPERNICK STEPS UP


Before Kaepernick completed 16 of 29 passes for 252 yards with two touchdowns against Arizona, the third-year pro enjoyed an entertaining moment with his head coach. Jim Harbaugh typically slaps his quarterback's shoulder pads before each game to get them loose before games, but San Francisco's starting signal-caller turned the tables. In fact, Harbaugh appreciated Kaepernick returning the favor at a mid-week practice.

"I liked when you were hitting me back the other day," Harbaugh told Kaepernick. "Just don’t hurt your hand. I have a lot of bones sticking out."

Kaepernick replied, "I gotta get you ready, too."

Some of the key moments of the video highlighted the relationship between the 49ers quarterback and Vernon Davis, the tight end who caught two touchdowns in San Francisco's win.

"Give me speed all day," Kaepernick said to Davis early in the game.

"Keep giving me speed," Kaepernick later said to his tight end.

The on-field relationship between the two continues to blossom. It even extends to the end zone. With each Davis touchdown, the 49ers quarterback respectfully backed off to let his tight end execute his trademark celebration, a jumpshot into the goal posts.

Kaepernick even had fun with the stars of San Francisco's defense. The quarterback looked at All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman and said, "Hey Doublemint Twins, can I get a sack or a pick?"

Bowman obliged with the turnover request, recovering a fourth-quarter fumble that was forced by rookie linebacker Corey Lemonier.

More 49ers headlines can be found in today's Morning Tailgate, presented by State Farm.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News shared what's been ailing Kaepernick lately.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee discussed Tennessee's pre-draft interest in Kaepernick.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com noted McLeod Bethel-Thompson will visit London for a second time in 2013.

Andrew Pentis of 49ers.com examined the 49ers comments on facing Delanie Walker this Sunday.



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