Tarnished Dream

Colin Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers today.

Now you might be asking why I care enough to mention this minor event on my blog and the answer lies right here. (Go ahead and follow the link, I’ll be here waiting for you when you get back, I promise.)

Yep, I wrote the book about the history of high school football in Turlock, California. Partly because I was born in Turlock a lot more years back than I care to admit to. But mostly because there is a very rich history of the game as it was played in Turlock and I was also able to weave in some forgotten history of my hometown within the book as well.

Kaepernick was a part of that history, playing for John H. Pitman High in Turlock, the town’s second high school opened just after the turn of the century. And as I have said many times, I don’t care about his off-field issues and stances. I only deal with his connection to football in Turlock and that is all I comment on regarding him.

Growing up, Kaepernick wrote a letter in school that he would be drafted by and play for the San Francisco 49ers. His dream came true and he nearly led his beloved team to a Super Bowl win.

As we all know, his star has fallen in San Francisco, leading to his decision to opt out and test the free agency waters. He might end up elsewhere, he might end up staying in San Francisco. Who knows?

But his tale should be a reminder that sometimes our dreams do come true and many times they do so in ways we never imagined. Sometimes that’s a good thing. Sometimes it isn’t. Kaepernick will have to decide for himself which one applies to him today.

The best we can all hope for is that we enjoyed the journey on the way to our envisioned destination and don’t fall away from those lofty peaks too disappointed in what we found when we got there.


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