African American Colin Kaepernick (b. 1987) was adopted into a white family when he was a baby.
He moved with his family from Wisconsin to California at the age of 4 and began playing sport at the age of 8. In high school he played football, basketball and baseball and excelled in all codes.
Wanting to play football, he accepted a scholarship from the University of Nevada in 2006 and he began playing professional football in 2011. He played with the San Francisco 49ers for 6 years.
Colin Kaepernick is the recipient of many awards including a 2018 WEB Du Bois Medal from Harvard University.