Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

Although we’re still miffed that the Bears didn’t make the playoffs, click at least the Packers didn’t get very far, medicine either. Leading the way on ending the Packers playoff run was our HAM of the Week, mind San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who also managed to solve the Carolina Panthers in yesterday’s win. The team is on their way to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances and will face the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game next Sunday.

Besides playing in a city with one of the best weather forecasts, the 26-year-old melts our hearts with his golden skin, pearly whites and tattoos galore.

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Turlock, California native began his football career at eight years old on his youth team, playing as a defensive end and a punter. He switched to quarterback the following year.

Colin Kaepernick, http://www.eonline.com

In high school, Kaepernick was a straight-A student and a three-sport star, playing basketball and baseball in addition to football. He was recruited heavily to play baseball, and was a two-time California all-state player.

Fun fact: Kaepernick entered the 2009 MLB Draft and was selected in the 43rd round by the Chicago Cubs.

Kaepernick opted not to sign with the Cubs, instead focusing on a career as a quarterback and went on to play at the University of Nevada. He started as a redshirt freshman in 2007, but ended up playing full time after the starting quarterback had a season-ending injury. Throughout that season, Kaepernick led the Wolf Pack to its third consecutive bowl appearance and earned Western Atlantic Conference Freshman of the Year honors.

He returned his sophomore season, becoming the fifth player in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for more than 1,000 yards in a single season, as well as the team MVP.

Kaepernick finished his career with the Wolf Pack as the only quarterback in Division I FBS college football to have passed for more than 10,000 yards and rushed for more than 4,000 yards in a collegiate career.

Colin Kaepernick, http://www.gamedayr.com

He’s not all about football, though: Kaepernick has a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Kaepernick took his talents to 2011 NFL draft and signed with the 49ers. Since then, he has led the team to three back-to-back appearances in the NFC Championship Game.

A mixed-race all-American QB, Kaepernick is very faith-based, as noted by his multiple tattoos. Though his tattoos sparked controversy in the past, he honestly doesn’t care what people think. And someone who has the confidence to do so is a major turn-on.

Whereas most football players document their lives through social media, Kaepernick choses to communicate through ink.

But that’s not to say he’s not on social media.

Unlike the mainstream quarterbacks of today, Kaepernick is doing his own thing. And that includes making headlines before the Super Bowl last year for smooching his biceps after scoring a touchdown, a phenomenon known as “Kaepernicking”.

Not that we’re complaining.

He put his biceps on full display on both the covers of GQ (see above) and ESPN’s “The Body Issue”. In the latter, Kaepernick discusses everything from his tats to the Super Bowl loss, and what he hoped to accomplish for the upcoming season:

And though he’s rumored to be dating actress Sanaa Lathan, we’ll never stop swooning over his bad-boy-look-yet-good-guy ways. And Kap’s got some serious style, spotted in a red blazer and cobalt blue pants at this year’s ESPY awards.

Follow Kaepernick on Twitter at @Kaepernick7 and Instagram at @kaepernick7.

About the author: Hannah Gettleman is a native of the Northern Chicago suburbs. She received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 and attended every home Illini football game. Her love of Chicago sports comes from her dad, who has been in the same Fantasy Football league since she was six years old, and her mom, who plays in a 5-0 football pool. She’s also won the family March Madness pool four times in a row. An avid Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks and Cubs fan, she’s excited to share her love of sports and cute guys as the newest HAM Hunter. When she’s not glued to the television on Sundays, Hannah follows the latest in entertainment and red carpet fashion, and makes delicious Betty Crocker brownies. You can follow her at @hgettle12.

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