Kaepernick's impressive week on and off the field

Kaepernick's impressive week on and off the field
May 31, 2013, 5:15 pm
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"Sure, it might be a small gesture to learn how to spell a tricky name of a teammate. But it shows a lot about Colin Kaepernick." -- Matt Maiocco (AP)

Colin Kaepernick had an impressive 10 games as 49ers quarterback last season.

It's May, and he does not play another meaningful game for three months. But what I've seen from Kaepernick in the past two days has left me just as impressed as I was with anything I saw him do on the football field.

You already know about Kaepernick showing up unannounced to surprise two teachers at his alma mater, Pitman High in Turlock, during the school's commencement ceremony Thursday.

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But something else caught my attention.

Scott Kegley of 49ers.com put together an entertaining piece to pay tribute to the National Spelling Bee. He combed the 49ers locker room and asked several players if they knew how to spell the name of new teammate Nnamdi Asomugha.

Just the double-N's at the beginning of Asomugha's first name proved to be too big of a hurdle for most of the players. Fullback Bruce Miller got big kudos for originality with his "A-W-E-S-O-M-E-G-U-Y, Nnamdi Awesome Guy."

As it turns out, only one player on the team got it correct.

Colin Kaepernick.

And that tells you a lot about Kaepernick as a teammate.

Let's face it, Nnamdi Asomugha is a name that takes some work to get correctly. Kaepernick is proving, once again, that he is a guy who does not cut corners.

As a leader of the 49ers, he is making it his business to learn about his new teammates -- even a defensive player.

That's what's called going above and beyond.

Sure, it might be a small gesture to learn how to spell a tricky name of a teammate. But it shows a lot about Kaepernick.

Asomugha is a classy veteran who has come to the 49ers to rebuild his career after two disappointing seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. Kaepernick, at some point, clearly took the time and effort to learn how to spell his name.

Score that as another meaningful win for Kaepernick off the field this week.

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