Colin Kaepernick's birth mother is a charming, adorable Twitter stalker
Meet Heidi Russo, a self-described "mother, wife, (and) great ICU nurse" from Colorado. She gave birth to the tattooed 49ers quarterback when she was 19, and chose to put the little fellow up for adoption. The two are not in contact. But that doesn't stop Ms. Russo from a @Kaepernick7 Twitter-mention binge that has only escalated since Kaepernick became the 49ers' starter.
You can read her whole story in this Yahoo! Sports profile of Colin Kaepernick's birth mother. Or you can just go right to her Twitter feed for a fascinating portrait of a parent who gave up her child for adoption, only to see that child grow up and experience fantastic success from afar.
Do we, as outsiders, have any right to know this personal information about Kaepernick and his family? We do not. But it's all over Twitter by their choice, so we might as well pick out the most amusing, insightful, or heartstring-tugging tweets.
That's Ms. Russo to the left, in the picture available on her Twitter profile. You can totes see the resemeblance to Kaepernick in her eyes!
As you can also see on her Twitter feed, she relentlessly tweets mentions and messages of encouragement to Kaeperenick. Her tweets of "Huge congrats to getting the start on Sunday!" and "Good luck today Colin! Have fun out there!!" all go unresponded to by Kaepernick himself. He prefers to not maintain contact.
Kaepernick grew up with with his adoptive family, whom Ms. Russo personally selected from many applicants. "I knew they were the right people immediately," she told Yahoo.
We don't know Kaepernick's reason to maintain distance, nor do we need to. "I think he would view it as almost treasonous to (his adoptive parents) to meet with his biological mother or father," Kaepernick's college teammate Virgil Green told Yahoo.
That long-awaited Twitter response from Colin Kaepernick that Ms. Russo so desperately wants has never arrived. Some messages from other tweeters have, though. If you think this whole story is too creepy, stalkery, or voyeury for your comfort, get out the Kleenex and prepare your water works.
"When I (meet) my biological mom my only wish is that she loves me as much as you love "I was put up for adoption by my birth mom at a similar age," says another. "I’m now 25…would love for her to tweet me. is lucky."
Lucky, or the source of unwelcome Twitter attention? Difficult to say. But to read these tweets gives us a chance to understand what goes through the mind of birth parents in some of the most uncomfortable and challenging situations.