Why 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick didn’t wear sleeves against Packers

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The San Francisco 49ers went to a cold and frigid Wisconsin to take on the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Wild Card round of the playoffs. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick went without sleeves for the game, a somewhat mind boggling decision considering it was so cold that tailgaters grilled beer to keep it from freezing.

So why did Kaepernick decide not to wear sleeves? Head coach Jim Harbaugh asked him before hand and shared his answer.

“I asked him if he was sure he didn’t want to go to sleeves,” Harbaugh said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “He said no, he’d played in colder.”

A teammate had a different theory.

“He has those tattoos he needs to show off,” tackle Joe Staley said.

Kaepernick explained his decision.

“In Nevada, we didn’t have jackets on the sidelines or beanies or heaters,” Kaepernick said, while admitting showing off his tattoes were part of it. “I’ve played in cold-weather games before, and I feel like it’s more mental than anything.”

It’ll probably be warmer in their next match up against the Carolina Panthers.

Topics: Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

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