Colin Kaepernick spoke briefly with the media on Wednesday. We broke down those comments on 49ers.com.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback, however, spoke at length with Haute Living Magazine and graces the new cover.
We read the feature story and learned many new things on Kap.
So here are some of the key passages by writer Laura Schreffler and quotes from Kaepernick in case you don't have time to read the full feature just yet.
"I have two rooms full of shoes, plus my normal closet. I probably have upwards of 400 pairs of shoes." GEAR
Check out some of the most notable fashion statements made by Colin Kaepernick.
"There's quite a few things in my closet that are pretty expensive, but nothing too ridiculous. The brand isn't necessarily important. "
He isn't joking: despite an insistent probe of his personal mini-mall, the only specific item the 26-year-old will admit to liking is his Air Jordan 13 "He Got Game" kicks, because the shoe references "one of my favorite movies of all time."
He's often spotted on red carpets rocking sleek leather jackets by Sandro, or achingly hip Christian Louboutin sneakers with Acne trousers—he's even sported a Patrik Ervell peacoat (and pulled it off perfectly).
"Fashion is very important to me. It's another way you're able to express yourself; a way of branding yourself. For the most part, a lot of the stuff I like to wear is edgy, and might push the envelope a little. Other times, I can be very clean-cut, or urban. It depends on where I'm going and how I'm feeling."
"Things that fit me, that fit my edge, might make other people feel uncomfortable. I've gone into press conferences with snapbacks and vests, which isn't traditionally what people expect from a franchise quarterback. But it's part of who I am—part of my style. The other side of the coin is that I can wear a shirt and tie and look nice and professional. To me, what I wear can show a little bit of who I really am. I'm different."
Kaepernick sports 13 intricate pieces of body art, with imminent plans to get more. But again, though the ink is part of him, it does not neatly summarize him. "[My tattoos] are another way of expressing who I am and what I believe," he says. "It's part of my brand, how people know me. I'm one of the first quarterbacks to be heavily tattooed, which makes some people uncomfortable. The prototype of a franchise quarterback isn't supposed to [be like] that. But why can't I do this if I'm just expressing myself?"
"I used to be able to walk down the street with my friends, keep to myself and go about my business, which isn't something I can do anymore. It's still something I have to get used to."
"There's positive things to be taken away from any situation—no matter how bad it might seem at the time," he notes. "You can turn any negative situation into a positive by learning from it, or using it as a motivator."
The NFL star wanted to do so something philanthropic to honor the two brothers his parents Rick and Teresa Kaepernick lost to the disease prior to his adoption, and so committed himself to the charity. He not only raises funds and awareness by visiting the organization's "heart camp," but also by hosting the annual "Against All Odds" golf tournament. "My first big philanthropic endeavor was with Camp Taylor. I wanted to help people that are going through rough times, who are struggling and might have been dealt a bad hand in life. I wanted the opportunity to help them overcome, and go through those things with a positive outlook," he says.
He reveals that, in the distant future, he'd like to start a side venture such as a restaurant or a clothing line. At some point, you might even see him on TV in a non-football capacity. "I'm open to pretty much anything; I'd be willing to do [TV]," he says, revealing, "I've been asked to appear in a movie before, and "Dancing with the Stars" has approached me, too. I don't want to say [that I'll never do it], but I wouldn't say it's a top priority by any means." Unsurprisingly, given that he's a 26-year-old athlete at the peak of his career, dating isn't a current focus either. "I'm single right now," he says. "I'm open to whatever, but it's not something I'm necessarily looking for."
Kaepernick is enjoying the moment: celebrating his new contract, enjoying being a spokesman for brands like Jaguar, Beats by Dre, Nike and New Era, and getting back to the business he loves so much: football. That said, he's starting the 2014-2015 NFL season with only one goal in mind. "I try to focus on right now, and what I can do to make this moment in time the best. My only focus right now is getting that Super Bowl ring!"
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