Colin Kaepernick

by ccf3447 on November 16, 2013

2013 NFL - NFL International Series Game 8 - Photocall - October 23, 2013

Place of Birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 3, 1987

*African-American, including Ghanaian (biological father)
*Bohemian Czech, Irish (biological mother)

Colin Kaepernick is an American professional football player. He was adopted by white parents, Teresa and Rick Kaepernick.

His biological father was African-American. His biological mother, Heidi (Zabransky) Russo, is white.

The surname Kaepernick is German.

Colin’s biological maternal grandfather is James Paul Zabransky (the son of Joseph Frank Zabransky and Norma). Joseph’s parents, Frank Joseph Zabransky and Magdalene Kroupa, were Bohemian (Czech) immigrants.

Colin’s biological maternal grandfather is Margaret Ann Curran. The surname Curran is usually of Irish origin.

Colin has said that he has traced some of his ancestry to Ghana.

Source: New York Times biographical article about Colin Kaepernick (2017) –

Photo by PrPhotos

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savanna July 5, 2017 at 10:44 am

“In an Instagram post alongside the video, Kaepernick explained: ‘In a quest to find my personal independence, I had to find out where my ancestors came from.’
He told of how he traced his ancestral roots to Ghana”

GLXY September 24, 2017 at 2:49 pm

So because he said he has Ghanaian ancestor, we supposed to just believe him without any proves ?

I wonder where he discovers this information

fuzzybear44 September 25, 2017 at 8:00 am

Well he went there, so he believes it’s part of his heritage. Maybe he did a test, and is just not sharing it, it does happen

bearboy September 25, 2017 at 8:35 am

I may be wrong but I am guessing GLXY’s point could also be is Kaepernick is lying or making this statement randomly without DNA proof or documented evidence. Don’t forget Alessandra Torresani being “half Jewish” and “celebrating Chanukah” or Chuck Norris being “half Irish half Native American.” Celebrities like everyone else make claims without knowing them for a fact even though in this case it most likely is the case Colin Kaepernick know’s what he is talking about.

GLXY September 25, 2017 at 3:22 pm

That’s exactly what I meant. Usually white americans just say “I’m Irish” and when you check their genealogy they’re mostly British and/or German with a bunch of partial european roots (Irish, Dutch, Frenxh, Italian, etc…).

For Black Americans, the default answer is to say I have ancestors from Ghana and Nigeria while they have partial african roots from all over the african west coast. If he was able to traced his roots from Ghana, there was probably other roots.

fuzzybear44 September 25, 2017 at 3:52 pm

I understood what was meant.

fuzzybear44 September 25, 2017 at 4:02 pm

@ Glxy

Well the profile does say including Ghana, which leaves room for other countries .Maybe Ghana was the highest, and he just decided to focus on that one. Also it’s isn’t just Africa West. personally my Africa background has everything circle except Sudan and Ethiopia. I went back and looked, and Egypt was circle with the rest of North Africa

neiltennant September 19, 2016 at 10:51 am

his eyes say to me and my eyes

he looks arab

fuzzybear44 September 18, 2016 at 11:17 pm

That’s right Colin, screw that song. I don’t stand up for it either

midori29 August 31, 2016 at 6:06 am

He considers himself black and African American.

neiltennant June 29, 2016 at 4:16 am

this guy must have many problems with racial profiling at airports because he looks so arabian

phaedra May 11, 2016 at 8:53 pm

He looks like Kenny from South Park

asdfkj October 27, 2015 at 5:16 pm

he looks egyptian

midori29 August 31, 2016 at 6:00 am

Many Egyptians are subsharan African black mixed in the current times. There is no dividing line people migrate and mix. And there are black Egyptians I personally know one.

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 1:03 am

Looks nothing like African American!

Thought he was a full Middle Eastern, like Palestinian or something.


Cute eyes btw. xx

neiltennant June 29, 2016 at 4:15 am
fuzzybear44 July 5, 2017 at 11:22 pm

What does a African American look like? I really want to know

neiltennant July 9, 2015 at 12:55 pm

maybe he would look better if he had only african american roots :-/

California July 19, 2015 at 5:16 am

Tf kind of comment is this? You have something against mixed people???

cwm85 July 19, 2015 at 8:56 am

Very ignorant and bigoted comment. He is what he is. Mixed. I’m mixed too. We are good looking people…

Lateralus June 23, 2015 at 6:50 am

weird mix

M June 6, 2015 at 12:55 am

He looks straight up Arab.

WTF October 6, 2014 at 12:39 am

He looks like an ugly version of Zayn Malik.

Dogg November 28, 2014 at 6:50 pm

One Direction sucks.

Samiiraa September 25, 2014 at 9:49 am

He looks like my brother

White18 September 25, 2014 at 2:30 am

I could tell he’s black but couldn’t tell what the hell else. I can see Arab though.

AfroRussianMixed January 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Looks Czech.

neiltennant October 2, 2014 at 8:22 am

are you kidding me ? Did you ever seen a czech ?

Most of them have blue eyes. Blue eyes is the most common eye color in that country

Caution January 18, 2014 at 1:01 am

He looks like a North African Arab. African-Americans are only about 75% black on average (some even less) so Colin is probably about 30-35% black which makes him about as “black” as some Arabs, hence the reason he looks Arab. He looks predominately Caucasoid with some Negroid admixture, like North Africans.

RyanKermit September 22, 2014 at 12:34 pm


midori29 August 31, 2016 at 6:02 am

@Caution not true there are many 95% black African African Americans. Oprah Winfrey had a recent dna test and she was like 95% black African and 5% Asian.

neiltennant July 5, 2017 at 12:29 pm



he does look like ARAB

ihatemostpeople January 18, 2014 at 12:28 am

Black and white my ass. He looks like an Arab.

Cassie January 19, 2014 at 12:14 pm

That’s the amazing thing about genetics. Different racial mixtures can create different combos.

RyanKermit September 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm

No, he’s not

midori29 August 31, 2016 at 6:04 am

@Ihatemost people MOST Arabs have sub-Saharan African black dna . Africans migrated and mixed with Arabs plus Arabs came to Africa. Also there was slavery for hundreds of years in Arabia . Arab men would take black African women as “concubine” slaves for making babies and then call the babies Arabs. You can look this stuff up, its historically accurate. Also that’s why Arabs have the racial name “sand n”””ers

neiltennant July 5, 2017 at 12:30 pm

BUT its not maths

black + white = arab

is not correct

most arabs do have not black ancestors

fuzzybear44 July 5, 2017 at 11:27 pm

Quote(most arabs do have not black ancestors)

And you personally know this how?

Caution January 18, 2014 at 12:15 am

He looks North African.

Shawn January 17, 2014 at 12:16 am

He’s not that good looking.

Cassie January 16, 2014 at 4:34 pm

He’s so attractive.

Shawn January 12, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Yes he looks like an Arab, especially with that beard.

Michael January 12, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Dat be an Arab!

Carlos January 12, 2014 at 5:19 pm

If his dad’s a black American, where’d he get that last name? That’s not an American surname and his nose is middle East all the way. Guy looks like King Tut. Colin has some M.E. lineage, no doubt, he’s also one helluva player.

Tunisian January 9, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Looks North African (Arab/Berber).

scott January 8, 2014 at 11:03 am

he looks Arab lol

The Beautiful Ones January 7, 2014 at 9:57 am

He looks like Zayn from 1 Direction! like, in about 5 years, lol

scott January 8, 2014 at 11:03 am

dont think so

eldiablo1313 January 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Lol I can see that XDDD

Victoria January 6, 2014 at 9:55 pm

he soo looks like a hot Arab thas y i find him soo sexxy lol <3

Michael January 2, 2014 at 6:33 pm

He looks Arab.

AnonymousPerson December 30, 2013 at 4:01 pm

He looks Indian or Indian/Pakistani.

AnonymousPerson December 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Oops I meant he looks Hispanic or Indian/Pakistani!

AnonymousPerson December 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Um why is my comment moderated?!

neiltennant July 5, 2017 at 12:31 pm

he looks more like KEBAB than CHICKEN JALFREZI

Sabrina December 11, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Colin Kaepernick Is Soo Hott!!!

neiltennant July 5, 2017 at 12:36 pm

SORRY my dear he is not

guurl November 19, 2013 at 8:41 pm

He can pass for Pakistani lol

andrew November 20, 2013 at 5:29 am

they’re Arab

follers November 20, 2013 at 5:33 am

Pakistanis are definitely not Arab.

andrew November 20, 2013 at 8:43 am

by religion, not by ethnicity. There are many ethnic groups in the country

MonaLisa December 2, 2013 at 6:58 am

Since when “Arab” is a religion?

andrew December 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I meant Muslim.

andrew November 16, 2013 at 9:08 am

without reading his ethnicity, I would have guessed this guy was an Arab. This is still my idea after I watched other pics. He must have Middle Eastern heritage for sure down the line

follers November 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm

You mean on his father’s side or something? That seems unlikely if his father was African-American. And his mother definitely isn’t of Middle Eastern descent.

African-European mixes sometimes often look Middle Eastern. That makes sense geographically.

Memphis December 2, 2013 at 9:46 am

African-American is a catch all phrase for an assortment of genetic admixture that is our dna. AA people really do not have a clue there ancestral lineages but mostly West African and Western Europe…however any other ethnic group could have slipped in thru maybe an Arab, Fulani, Hausa, or the rare Tuareg. Colin could easily pass for a Gulf Coast Arab but the Czech influence could be maybe a Romano Gypsy.

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