Packers fan makes confession about Colin
Colleen Brenton, Packers contributor
Colin Kaepernick. Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Okay, Packers fans, it's time for a confession.
I love Colin Kaepernick.
Wait before pulling out the pitchforks and putting tar on the torches.
I also want the Green Bay Packers to beat him solidly on Sunday.
There's a reason I'm a fan of his, you see. I went to the University of Nevada (Reno, not UNLV), as did the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.
It wasn't supposed to end up like this.
Colin was born in Milwaukee, and I was born in Idaho. Yet, I live in Wisconsin now, and he lives in California.
Somehow, we ended up attending the same school, many years apart, of course.
Our relationship developed simply. He was literally the best quarterback Nevada had ever had, and as an alumnus I was a fan.
The coach of the Wolf Pack (two words, please note), Chris Ault, developed this new offense called the Pistol. You pro fans know it better as the "read option".
Nevada became a true powerhouse when Kaepernick quarterbacked. His senior season, he led Nevada to a win over Boise State, who was ranked in the top 10 at the time.
This was a big deal. Very big.
Then he got drafted, and while I was disappointed it was to the 49ers, I figured he would languish as a backup.
Oh, ye of little faith.
Instead of just getting to wish he'd get a chance, I got to sit in Wisconsin last January and watch my worst nightmare.
The biggest and best player my alma mater ever produced trashed my favorite team.
We all have that game etched in our memories in excruciating detail.
Mike McCarthy says the playoff game doesn't matter to him.
I think he's lying. He'd better be.
It is critical that the Packers have figured out how to defend the read option.
It's not just Kaepernick. It's RGIII. It's Russell Wilson.
It's critical this be fixed because until it is, the Packers have a huge gap in their defense that teams can exploit.
Of course, this is unacceptable.
I want this win. I want the Packers to squash, lambaste, destroy and humiliate the 49ers.
I need it as surely as I need oxygen.
Then, I can go back to being one of the biggest Colin Kaepernick fans in the world. I always will be.
Just not when he plays the Packers.