Jersey Number: 7
The 6'4' Kaepernick seems to be everywhere, endorsing Jaguar's new F-Type roadster and posing nude in ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue." But he ticked off some fans by tweeting a photo of himself wearing a Miami Dolphins lid. Forget "Tebowing."
He inspired "Kaepernicking," where fans (including first lady Michelle Obama) kiss their flexed muscles the way he does after a touchdown.
The former backup is one of the biggest steals in the NFL. He averages $1.3 million a year under his current deal, according to Spotrac.com, which tracks athlete salaries. That's $6.7 million less than the QB he supplanted, Alex Smith, who'll average $8 million annually with his new team, the Kansas City Chiefs.
"He's a character with the tattoos and 'Kaepernicking,'" said Bob Dorfman of Pickett Advertising in San Francisco. "But can he prove he's not a fluke?"