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Colin Kaepernick: Biological mother Heidi Russo wants relationship with quarterback son she gave up

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Heidi Russo, 44, now a registered nurse in Denver, made the heart-wrenching decision to place her baby Colin in the care of the Kaepernick family back in 1987 Heidi Russo, 44, now a registered nurse in Denver, made the heart-wrenching decision to place her baby Colin in the care of the Kaepernick family back in 1987  

The biological mother of star quarterback Colin Kaepernick has expressed her longing for a relationship with the son she gave up for adoption 25 years ago.

Heidi Russo, 44, a nurse in Denver, made the heart-wrenching decision to place her baby in the care of the Kaepernick family back in 1987.

Colin now plays for the San Francisco 49ers and is fast becoming one to watch on the field. After getting his first NFL start against the Chicago Bears during Monday Night Football last month, Kaepernick scored two touchdowns, massacring the Bears' tough defense and drawing high praise from the 49ers head coach.  

Ms Russo has been following her son's growing celebrity status from the stands at football matches but longs for a deeper relationship with him and often comments on his Twitter profile.

She regularly congratulates him on his success on the football field and even bizarrely on his diminishing body fat.

Kaepernick tweeted last year: 'Body fat just taken and I'm at 7%... Let's see where I end at'.

Ms Russo quickly responded: 'Wow!!! Probably 4 or 5%? Keep workin' hard Colin!'

Although she has had contact with Colin in the past, her son seems reluctant to build a relationship. Colin was born on November 3, 1987 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Ms Russo. He was adopted at six weeks' old by Rick and Teresa Kaepernick from Fond Du Lac and has two siblings.

Heidi Russo gave an emotional interview in which she explained her ongoing pain at giving up her biological son Colin Kaepernick for adoption 25-years ago

Heidi Russo gave an emotional interview in which she explained her ongoing pain at giving up her biological son Colin Kaepernick for adoption 25-years ago

Heidi Russo received regular correspondence from Colin's adoptive parents up until she asked them to stop when he was seven years old because the pain was too great

Heidi Russo received regular correspondence from Colin's adoptive parents up until she asked them to stop when he was seven years old because the pain was too great

Colin Kaepernick has kept contact with his biological mother to a minimum and has not met her since she gave him up for adoption

Colin Kaepernick has kept contact with his biological mother to a minimum and has not met her since she gave him up for adoption

Star: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has made two starts this NFL season and is highly rated by football pundits

Star: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has made two starts this NFL season and is highly rated by football pundits

Cheering from the sidelines: Heidi Russo regularly comments on her biological son's Twitter feed as he updates football fans on his career

Cheering from the sidelines: Heidi Russo regularly comments on her biological son's Twitter feed as he updates football fans on his career

As he grew up, the Kaepernicks sent Ms Russo pictures of Colin until contact fell away when he was around seven years old.

Ms Russo's desire for a relationship has not so far been reciprocated by Colin. When she initially emailed him as an adult, the footballer sent a few messages asking about his father with whom Ms Russo has had no contact since her son's birth.

She met with the Kaepernick family three months ago when the Niners played the Denver Broncos but has had little interaction since.

Ms Russo, who now has an eight-year-old son, told Mercury News: 'If and when he changes his mind - he may never change his mind - I'll watch him from home. When I have a chance to get out to a game, I'll watch him from there.'

She has respected his wishes, adding: 'I made my call on Colin a long time ago. I have to live with that.'

Kaepernick, who played college football with the Nevada Wolf Pack, was dragged into a racial controversy last week after a white sports columnist compared the tattooed player to residents of San Quentin state prison.

It is the extensive body art of Colin Kaepernick - the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers that has so upset sports columnist David Whitely

It is the extensive body art of Colin Kaepernick - the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers that has so upset sports columnist David Whitely

Sporting News writer David Whitley penned an article where he bemoaned the amount of tattoos that 25-year-old Kaepernick had on his body.

Claiming that the position of quarterback is hallowed and Kaepernick's body art brings it down in tone, Whitley said that because of his tattoos, the 49ers player can never be a legitimate hero.

But he later defended himself against accusations of racism, saying: 'If they were old enough to read, my two adopted African-American daughters would certainly be disappointed to find out I'm a racist.'

“It didn’t occur to me that admitting I’m not a fan of body art would be admitting I don’t like African-Americans.'

The furious response overwhelmed Whitley, who had to fend off accusations of racial profiling, prompting his editor-in-chief to take the unusual step of writing a defence of the opinion piece in which he admitted Whitley could have finessed certain points.

Whitley, who is the father of two adopted African-American daughters, was even criticised by Kaepernick's parents - who revealed that his tattoos are in fact verses from the Bible.

Proud parents: Colin Kaepernick with his adoptive parents Rick and Teresa following a college football game for the Nevada Wolf Pack

Proud parents: Colin Kaepernick with his adoptive parents Rick and Teresa following a college football game for the Nevada Wolf Pack

'It annoyed me,' said his mother Teresa Kaepernick.'You are categorizing this kid on something like tattoos? Really?  'Saying other guys are role models because they don't have them? Really?

Some of these other guys don't have crystal clear reputations. That's how you're going to define this kid? It's pretty irritating is what it is.'

Colin's father Rick said that Whitley should have focused on his son's charity work and not his body art.

'This guy has probably never talked to Colin,' Rick said. 'Instead of saying that Colin does all these great things and donates his time to children, this guy is going to make him out like a gangster. 'Really? I guess you just have to roll with the punches.'

He added: 'Somebody asked me if I got mad about that. I said no. It's just a guy and his opinion. I could have an opinion about him, but I've never met the guy, so I don't know if my opinion would be right.'

Role Model: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers warms up before a game against the Seattle Seahawks in October

Role Model: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers warms up before a game against the Seattle Seahawks in October

 

 

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Gimme A BREAK! 01/21/2013 10:41:44
Yeah,...I'm sure Ms. Russo's intentions to start a relationship with her son are genuine. NOT!!!! How come all these years, 25 of them to be exact, have come to pass, and no attempts were made???? Perhaps it's because NOW,...Ms. Russo sees DOLLAR $IGNS, and the potential for a free meal ticket??? YUP!! That's it!! Don't fall victim Collin. Keep your head on straight, and keep your adoptive (REAL!!) parents at the forefront!! Do NOT let Ms. Russo invade your life with false/perverted intentions! As much as you may want to, I believe you're much more smarter than that.
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Fred 01/30/2013 19:08:58
You obviously did not read the article. SMH you are very ignorant. She kept in contact with him until he was 7 years old, but broke off contact because she couldn't handle it emotionally. She even tried to contact him before college! Although he was drafted to the MLB you could have a point there. At least she didn't leave her baby out in the street. She gave him a chance to survive. You don't know what she was going through. Maybe she couldn't afford to have a child. He needs to forgive her. If he truly believes those words from the bible tattooed on his arm then he should also know that God is forgiving. Take your ignorant persona elsewhere cuz it's people like you that make this country what it is right now. So quick to judge, look in the mirror because you aren't perfect.
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mzzelena 02/03/2013 06:55:12
@Fred...right on! everything happens for a reason. If she didn't gave him up for adoption he would never be a (#7) quarterback for SF-niners.
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02/26/2013 07:14:42
How do you know that?
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darryl west 01/25/2013 15:46:20
it is better than never meeting your parents. I can tell you from personal experience that it is never too late.
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STOPTOUCHINGTHATMABEL 01/26/2013 23:02:50
This is what can happen when you choose not to abort your pregnancy. Giving up her son for adoption instead of having an abortion has brought so much joy to so many. Imagine the possibilities if those 55 million choices to abort their pregnancies did not occur.
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Mike 01/27/2013 23:27:10
What a ******* great contribution to the article. Abortion is legal, deal with it.
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Michelle Zuniga 02/02/2013 14:47:51
She really shouldn't have done that. She obviously wants him now that he's rich and famous. Plus all of this is going to affect Colin's personal life.
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Susie 02/02/2013 18:51:49
His biological mom doesn't seem threatening to me. Honoring the woman who unselfishly gave birth to him - and honoring those who raised him would be a win/win situation. If he finds it in his heart - he will make room for all of them. No doubt he has a big heart - so there's plenty of room. :)
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Karen 02/03/2013 19:47:40
She was 19 years old! She gave him life and not a death sentence. She selflessly gave him a chance for a better life with established parents and a home. God bless her! She did good.
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Aeisha Haynes 02/04/2013 12:05:08
His mother was only 19 when she had him. I honestly think she made the right decision by allowing another family raise him. At that age most 19 yr olds are very immature and still have a lot to learn about life. I would perfer to see that than for his mom to have abandoned him. Mabe she really does want a relationship with her son and that's all. Me myself i can relate. I was adopted @ the age 10 and i'm now grown with kids of my own. The only thing i didn't grow up to be rich. But i keep in contact with my birth mom. We actually have a pretty good relationshop. No i will never forget who raised me tho. But anywho at the end of the day it's collin's decision. I wish him and his family the best. And good game last night!
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James 02/04/2013 18:32:34
Enjoyed watching this guy play last night and I am proud of his Birth Mother and Parents. He seems to be a very giving person and who cares if he has tattoos. I have one myself and I am now 52 years old!! God Bless Them All!!
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Fox 09/20/2013 03:33:57
she gave him up because he was a mixed-race child. she did the deed and then she couldn't deal with the consequences!
she kept her other son!
all she wants now is money she wants fame and money
but she didn't want him so now he doesn't want her I hope he never contacts her just like she didn't contact him
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