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The Coolest NFL Dad Is A Cheese Executive Who Tweets About His Son’s Tortoise

1. This is Rick Kaepernick.

2. This is Rick’s son, Colin. Colin’s the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers and one of the most exciting young passers in the league.

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Rick Kaepernick is a cheese executive. To be more specific, he’s the vice president of operations for Hilmar Cheese Company, based out of Hilmar, California. Prior to working at Hilmar, he worked in the dairy industry in Milwaukee, making him and Colin Green Bay Packers fans — aka Cheeseheads — until the 49ers drafted Colin in 2011.

4. This is Colin’s enormous tortoise, Sammy. How do we know that Colin has an enormous tortoise named Sammy? Because of Rick.

So, that’s a pretty cool tortoise. He also tweets with Colin’s former college teammates, who now play for other NFL teams.

So basically, Rick Kaepernick is the perfect football dad: He has a cool job, he makes goofy dad jokes about being more athletic than his NFL-quarterback son, he can barely use Twitter, and he sounds like a great guy.

And as parents to Colin, the Kaepernicks have a story that’s both touching and brutal. After a son, Kyle, was born succesfully, two more sons died of congenital heart defects soon after birth. Then a daughter, Devon, survived, but for their third child, they decided to adopt. That son is Colin.

Colin was born on Nov. 3, 1987, in Milwaukee. His genetic mother, whom he has never met, was 19. His genetic father was out of the picture. His genetic mother had three criteria for picking Colin’s new family: siblings, financial stability and an athletic background. She picked Rick and Teresa, and shortly after 5-week-old Colin was living in New London, Wis., a city of about 6,700 residents located about 40 miles southwest of Green Bay.

Having that son turn into an NFL starting quarterback — not to mention a seemingly good person and well-liked teammate — seems like the perfect reward for that kind of good deed.

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