San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made a visit to his former high school, Pitman High School, in Turlock, California for their graduation to honor his old teacher and coach that were moving on in their careers. According to Marijke Rowland of the Modesto Bee, Kaepernick wanted to surprise football coach Brandon Harris and teacher David Jack, who were instrumental in his development as a young man.
According to the report, Pitman High Principal Rod Hollars said that he was cuing up a video of a live feed for Kaepernick to honoring his former coach and teacher before he came out on the stage to surprise everyone in attendance.
“I had to come back to say goodbye to two of my favorite teachers and also congratulate the graduates,” Kaepernick said. “I’m saying goodbye to one of my good friends and best coaches. I have a lot of great memories with him.”
One of the graduates family members spoke about the positive impact Kaepernick had on them.
“It was a total surprise,” said Kristin Pope, who had a cousin that was graduating. “He’s an amazing person to come and say goodbye to his coach. I think it’s great. Like, what quarterback in the NFL does that?”
It is always nice to see a player remembering where they came from and Kaepernick is certainly one of those people. For him to take the time and visit his former mentors and the graduating class made their special moments that much better. Kudos to Kaepernick.