Kaepernicking: How Colin Kaepernick's Signature Move Has Become the New Tebowing

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIJanuary 14, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12:  Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after running in a touchdown in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Forget Tebowing and Griffining, and any other “ining.” Colin Kaepernick’s “Kaepernicking” has exploded throughout the country as the second-year QB has gone from backup quarterback to national sensation in a matter of months.

As the quarterback of one of the most powerful offenses in the NFL, the nation’s biggest sport, it’s no wonder.

But what’s it all about?

Kaepernick kissed his bicep after a 56-yard touchdown run put him in the record books and it sparked a huge social media reaction from San Francisco 49ers fans. Sure, the catchy fad was happening before on social media, but it truly exploded on this big stage.


The weirdest part about it is that he used his legs to get down the field as quickly as he did. How about some love for the hammy’s, Colin?

While that may be the “act” of Kaepernicking, it doesn’t explain everything behind why it’s catching fire across the internet and American culture.

Kaepernick is an excellent "rags to riches" story. He found himself playing behind an efficient, former first-round pick on one of the most winning teams in the league.

Everything seemed to indicate he would remain the backup for the foreseeable future, or until Alex Smith messed up.

He has also drawn criticism from some for his plethora of tattoos, but what does that have to do with anything?

If anything, Kaepernick’s “style,” confidence and success has been a big factor behind this latest craze.

Let’s take a look at Tebowing for a moment to see how they compare.

Tebowing was great; it captivated the masses and spread like wild fire. Pretty soon, everyone who was anyone was dropping down on one knee at inappropriate or awkward moments.

Then they posted the videos on YouTube or the pictures on Twitter and the rest was history.

The fad faded, like Tim Tebow’s playing career, as quickly as it came.

Tebow won his one playoff game in an epic upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Imagine what would have happened if he made it to the Super Bowl.

What if he had won it?

The internet as we know it may have exploded.

That’s mainly why Kaepernicking may never reach the level of notoriety that Tebowing did, but it’s still here for the time being.

The further the 49ers go in these playoffs might very well determine how long we will be subjected to people kissing their biceps and posting the evidence on social media.