49ers' Colin Kaepernick Has Gigantic Tortoise and Twitter-Happy Father

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 5, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 25:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates a victory over the New Orleans Saints following a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Colin Kaepernick doesn't merely have a powerful arm and the trust of Jim Harbaugh—he also has a tortoise and a father who loves him. 

This would be the moment where you lend a collective "awww" to the mix. 

If not, save it. There will be plenty of time to proclaim how adorable things are for Kaepernick, his father and that tortoise we just told you about. 

BuzzFeed reports on some beautifully bizarre happenings over on Twitter that shows a proud papa enjoying his son's rise to prominence in the league. 

The report does well to introduce us to Rick Kaepernick, Colin's father, who is vice president of operations for Hilmar Cheese Company. 

Next we get a great big look at Sammy, the 49ers quarterback's tortoise. A pet that Rick features in some of his many tweets to and about his son, who is taking the NFL nation by storm. 

The post is filled with hilarity, and we take some of the best that had us chuckling over a father whose pride in his son is spilling over into social media circles. 

Here is Sammy in one of pop's tweets.

@kaepernick7 took ur pet for a walk today....his message to u is get in BEAST mode...he says he is. #heismissingyou twitter.com/QBDAD7/status/…

— Rick Kaepernick (@QBDAD7) September 22, 2012

Colin Kaepernick must like turtles

Here is Kaepernick's uncle, affectionately referred to as forklift, chiming in on all the fun.

@qbdad7 @kaepernick7 Hope you didn't have any problem keeping up.

— rand d kaepernick (@forklift10) September 22, 2012

Rick was then gracious enough to exchange pleasantries with a fan about Sammy and his future home away from home. 

If that weren't enough down-home goodness, Rick tried to tweet at someone and had a bit of difficulty doing so. 

He even makes awesome dad jokes about silly shirts his son posts to Instagram. After Colin posted this picture.

Dear ol' dad posted this.

@kaepernick7 well, when I see you Monday night, that T-shirt should say RICK:)At least it would be the truth!!!

— Rick Kaepernick (@QBDAD7) November 3, 2012

It seems like Colin comes from great people, a family that takes great pride in his accomplishments and, thankfully, have no qualms about sharing in his accomplishments. 

He will even go to great lengths to bring the family pet in for some interesting portraits.

@kaepernick7 Sammy wanted to let you know he is working out and almost ready if AD or any lineman need a break. twitter.com/QBDAD7/status/…

— Rick Kaepernick (@QBDAD7) October 6, 2012


Rick is just a regular football dad whose son happens to play for the San Francisco 49ers. If you need me, I will be keeping up with the Kaepernicks. 

Hit me up on Twitter for more "Aww Shucks" moments.