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Colin Kaepernick Is First Player to Have Tattoos Featured in 'Madden 15'

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick answers question during an NFL football press conference on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Santa Clara, Calif. Kaepernick received a new six-year contract extension Wednesday that keeps him with the franchise through the 2020 season. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Kyle NewportFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 2, 2017

A lot has been made about Colin Kaepernick's tattoos over the past few years, but now, he will make video game history thanks to his ink.

Kaepernick may not be appearing on the cover of Madden 15, but he did help the game become more realistic.

For the first in the history of EA Sports' Madden franchise, a player's tattoos will be included in his appearance. Kaepernick is the only player, due to legal concerns, who will have his tattoos featured in this year's game.

It may seem silly, but the tattoos are a complicated issue.'s Darren Rovell explained that the issues stem from determining who the proper owner of the artwork is, the tattoo artist or the person whose body it is on. It appears that the ownership belongs to the artist, which causes some problems for EA Sports.

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback wanted his tattoos included in the game, so he obtained the necessary permission. He had his ink done by two tattoo artists and received permission from both of them. He filed it to the NFLPA, who then took it to EA Sports.

Madden 15 senior producer Seann Graddy hopes that Kaepernick's ink will lead to a more realistic game in the future, via Rovell:

We want to be as authentic as possible, so we were pleased that Colin was able to secure the rights to the tattoos. There's a ton of buzz around this. In this game, we only have Colin's tattoos, but we'd love to secure the rights to the tattoos of other players in the future.

Given all of the criticism Kaepernick has received for his tattoos, this is a big step forward for the quarterback.

Madden 15 will be released on Aug. 26.

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