Yesterday It Was “Tebowing,” Now It’s “Kaepernicking”
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has taken the NFL by storm ever since he took over as the starting signal caller for the 49ers in Week 11. Since taking over, Kaepernick has led San Francisco to a 5-2 record in the final seven weeks of the regular season, and made history in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs when he rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns in addition to throwing for another two touchdowns.
However, what the second-year quarterback is doing after putting the ball in the end zone is making a bigger wave across the country. After scoring a touchdown, Kaepernick has been seen striking a pose while flexing his bicep and kissing it. This new craze is being called “Kaepernicking.”
If you think this sounds a bit familiar, you’re right, it does. Only a year ago, New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow was vastly known for his “Tebowing” pose. Of course, this made Tebow arguably the most recognized figure in the country, and in some parts of the world.
I guess since it seems that the NFL and the rest of the world won’t be seeing any “Tebowing” anytime soon, Kaepernick felt that it was time to make his move and make a name for himself. Well, I guess he did at the right time.
After San Francisco’s victory over the Green Bay Packers Saturday night, “Kaepernicking” has been a huge hit throughout social media, mainly Twitter. Kaepernick himself has retweeted pictures of 49ers fans imitating his pose.
Is it possible that Kaepernick’s celebratory pose can be bigger than the Tebow phenomenon? I think it potentially can. Especially if Kaepernick continues to play like he has been and leads the 49ers to the Super Bowl (one of the world’s biggest stages).
In the event that does happen, “Kaepernicking” will definitely supersede last year’s trend set by Tebow.
Just think, Tebow and “Tebowing” can be nonexistent from both the NFL and pop culture just as quickly as they both came.
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