'Tebowing' and 'Griffining' Are Yesterday's News, It's 'Kaepernicking' Time

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterDecember 13, 2012

December 9, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) runs for a 50 yard touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Dolphins 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Without a doubt, Americans love oddball phenomenons that are catchy and somewhat clever, especially when they come from professional athletes. Throughout the history of sports, individual star athletes have had certain poses or actions that have trademarked themselves.

Wide receiver Terrell Owens coined the phrase, “I Love Me Some Me." The term "Revis Island" is solely related to cornerback Darrelle Revis because of his lockdown coverage on defense, and of course the finger wave of Dikembe Mutombo was a gesture he made after blocking an opponent's shot in the NBA.

The list could go on and on, but let's face it, people's actions define themselves. And Colin Kaepernick's recent kissing of his tattoos has started a whole new craze called #Kaepernicking. The trend started on Twitter, just like so many others do, after Kaepernick scored on a 50-yard touchdown run against the Dolphins.

#KAEPERNICKING twitter.com/NFL_Memes/stat…

— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) December 10, 2012

Whether Kaepernick comes out and says it or not, we all can figure out #Kaepernicking is a nice little jab in the direction of AOL FanHouse Columnist David Whitley.

Thousands of 49er fans all around the world were all ready tweeting Kaepernick Sunday night with their own versions of #Kaepernicking. Here are a few:

@kaepernick7 Almost done with my finals #KAEPERNICKING #FinalsWeek twitter.com/Gunsch799/stat…

— Matt Gunsch (@Gunsch799) December 13, 2012

@kaepernick7 Lucy, #Kaepernicking after a 8.5 mile run. twitter.com/go_paul_go/sta…

— Paul Grimes (@go_paul_go) December 13, 2012

Got my baby girl #Kaepernicking @kaepernick7 #49ers #NinerGang #49ersAllDay twitter.com/1Rhianna/statu…

— Rhianna (@1Rhianna) December 13, 2012

For the sake of Kaepernick's career, let's hope #Kaepernicking lasts longer than "Tebowing."