Colin Kapernick's birth mother all over him on Twitter

Colin Kaepernick's birth mother is a charming, adorable Twitter stalker

12/4/12 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   446 respect

Blog Photo - Colin Kapernick's birth mother all over him on TwitterSome San Francisco 49ers fans would like to see Colin Kaepernick demoted back to his back-up QB role. One fan very specifically does not. She's become a one-woman Twitter cheerleading section for Kaepernick, tweeting non-stop encouragement for the 49ers second-year quarterback. She's not just any woman, though -- she's Colin Kaepernick's biological mother.

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. 

Blog Photo - Colin Kapernick's birth mother all over him on TwitterDo 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.
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1/20/13   |   parleythis

What does she want?  To be known as his mom now that he's famous? She knows that  interviews, photographs, and sob stories will make her lots of money and she can bask in the spotlight. She should respect his privacy, quit stalking him and trying to get pity from the public. And if I had an estranged adult child that refused to acknowledge me, I wouldn't have a beaming, happy smile on my face, I'd be unhappy as hell.

1/13/13   |   stpvnl1969

All of the nasty, dehumanizing, cold hearted comments toward this woman is my case for abortion. No woman on this planet deserves the vitriol spewed at her for doing what she thought was best at the time. If not for HER, there would be no him. The way people are talking about her is disgusting.  That he allows people to speak of his own mother this way speaks volumes about him.  What a jerk. She is better off without him in her life. Move on, Heidi. Don't let anyone dehumanize and degrade you this way... 

12/5/12   |   JenX63   |   31544 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
are you following me?

always

12/5/12   |   kobe_lova   |   59420 respect

JenX63 wrote:
nope, you are right Ash. 

are you following me?

12/5/12   |   kobe_lova   |   59420 respect

Jess wrote:
What the?

DM him or something if this is the only way to have contact and you want to be a part of his life now (which, to me, is a whole other story altogether). Definitely attention whorish, but it also reeks of "oh now that my son is famous I want something to do with him." Of course we don't know the whole story, but it's weird that she would immediately take it public.

Right, I felt like there was no need to announce to the world that you gave him up. And I'm glad he hasn't responded, that's the wrong way to handle things. If I was his mom, I'd cuss her.

12/5/12   |   JenX63   |   31544 respect

nope, you are right Ash. 

12/5/12   |   Jess   |   32813 respect

What the?

DM him or something if this is the only way to have contact and you want to be a part of his life now (which, to me, is a whole other story altogether). Definitely attention whorish, but it also reeks of "oh now that my son is famous I want something to do with him." Of course we don't know the whole story, but it's weird that she would immediately take it public.

12/5/12   |   kobe_lova   |   59420 respect

Hmm, I feel some kind of way about her doing this on twitter. Root for him, sure. Let the world all into y'alls business, no. It seems attention-whorish but that could just be me.