Colin Kaepernick

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

Kaepernick in 2013, photo by PrPhotos

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

Date of Birth: November 3, 1987

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

Colin Kaepernick is an American professional football player and spokesperson.

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 is a practicing Christian.

Colin’s biological maternal grandfather is named 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 named 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 –

57 Responses

  1. savanna says:

    “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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

            I understood what was meant.

          • fuzzybear44 says:

            @ 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

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