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Colin Kaepernick’s birth mom emerges again, says she’d like to meet son

Jan 24, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT


Heidi Russo has given interviews before — she’s the biological mother of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who gave him up for adoption about six weeks after his birth. Russo was 19 then and living in Milwaukee, and Colin was adopted by Teresa and Rick Kaepernick.

Russo now lives in Thornton, CO, working as a dental nurse. She has two sons.

Russo has been in touch with Colin, but not in person or over the phone. On Tuesday she talked with Fox 11 TV in Denver, repeating that she’d like the opportunity to meet with her son.

While Colin Kapernick’s mom says she has always been one of his biggest fans, she wants to be clear she’s simply not jumping on his bandwagon now because of his new-found success.

“Don’t get me wrong, I am not ‘coming out’ to share in any of the success Colin is having, I just want him to know I never stopped thinking about him,” said Russo. “For my family, we will just be cheering for Colin just as loud as the Kaepernicks will be, come Super Bowl.”

Russo said she hopes to meet her son face-to-face one day. She said it’s up to Colin as to when that day will ever come.

Video here.

All I can say about this latest interview is, um, nice timing?

  1. shoebert - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    While her timing is awful, you have to imagine the media tracked her down and is pestering her. I can see that side. I can also see her wanting to be on some ESPN OTL or 30 for 30 story about Colin. Goes both ways.

  2. texangirl - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    This woman needs to stop.

  3. lanpar - Jan 24, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    ok he know where you are…he will be in touch….so keep quiet stay out of sight….if drops a line great….if not its sad but move on

  4. koloth2012 - Jan 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Reminds me of the last scene from the Water boy.

    “Bobby it’s your daddy Roberto !!!! ”

    I will give you the doubt at 19 you gave him for a chance at a better life you might might not been able to provide, but you gave him up.

    In time he might want to meet you, but for now just be one of the thousands of fans.

    • daviddmsvcp - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      “but you gave him up.”
      That might be a relevant comment if Colin was still a minor, in the care of his adopted parents. But Colin is an adult now. He “belongs” to any family that he chooses.
      I can only think that it gives Colin some happiness to know that he has another person that cares for him.

    • 1historian - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      she didn’t start this – the media did. So in my opinion you can’t blame her.

  5. daviddmsvcp - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Hey, she’s a good woman. She gave birth and then let a good family adopt the child. This is all good.

  6. mbadomer - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    There are a lot of emotions involved with the adoption process. You can’t blame her for wanting to meet her son.

    • abbydelabbey - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      it depends on her motives … and I’m highly suspicious

  7. emosnar - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Where’s pops?

  8. abbydelabbey - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    She may have done the right thing when he was born …. BUT

    As cowboys once said Heifer dust

    Son is a highly successful (and highly paid) athlete – now she wants to meet him face to face …. and his paycheck …

    I guess I’m cynical…..

  9. joebone - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    II wonder if her other two kids can carry the rock.

  10. tietcanhvit - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    What I like to know is did she try reaching out to him before he becomes famous? If she didn’t but now she does then I’m not so sure what her motive is.

  11. pacific123ocean - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Get lost lady! If he wants to meet, he will meet you when he is ready.

  12. sailbum7 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    This woman needs to back off and stop with the media parade. If and when he decides he wants to meet her I am sure he will let her know. Until then she needs to just lay low and be one the tens of thouands of faces in the crowd cheering for him. Her repeated media interviews are designed to do only one thing, put pressure on him to agree to a meeting and that is not right for her to do. In addition, it may backfire and cause him to decide he never wants anything to do with her. I seriously question this womans motives with the repeated public statements and media interviews that only started after he became famous. I think the woman is just looking to get a slice of the pie, whether she will admit to herself and everyone else or not. If she truly is interested in what is best for her biological son and has no other motives, she needs to fade into the background and allow him to to decide when and if to meet on his own terms without being pressured.

  13. daniz34 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    “Hmmm, what would be the best idea for me execute the week before the biggest game of son’s life? Oh yes, that would be to create a media storm that takes away from the story of his personal success and will likely divert his attention from the very important task at hand as well as cause him strife.”

  14. eugenesaxe - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    “I am not ‘coming out’ to share in any of the success Colin is having”


  15. txnative61 - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    At 19 she made some extremely difficult decisions which seem to be vindicated both by Colin’s and her own lives thereafter. I have two adopted sisters who were very grateful for being given up for adoption. I read no selfishness or greed into her statements. She can have her due—she carried him for 9 months, gave him life, and contributed half his genes. Beyond that, a little infant nurture, and the decision to offer him for adoption, she has at least earned the right to express her feelings. Facing the widespread cynicism and possible rejection from Colin cannot be easy for her either.

  16. mybrunoblog - Jan 25, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Good thing some abortion activist didn’t get to her before she delivered Colin.

    • sasquash20 - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Abortion activist track pregos around and try and convince them to abort the baby. Wow I never knew.

  17. kingcrusher - Jan 26, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    There’s so much we don’t know about how this all came about. I would suggest that we all give her the benefit of the doubt. He not only has the opportunity to see where he came from and learn more of his own background, but he’s got two half-siblings as well.
    How much more would everyone respect and admire this young man if he were to meet with them, maybe even begin a friendship with all of them, but make sure that the media and everyone else understands that his parents (The Kaepernicks) are his family. I would have nothing but respect for a guy that would do this.
    Let him deal with this how he will deal with it, and respect whatever decision he makes. We don’t know what the circumstances are and what the motivations are (really, Kaepernick doesn’t make millions btw (that’ll come with his next contract)).

    • 1historian - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      You make good points but it’s really unimportant whether or not we respect and admire this young man. the duper dooper bowl is coming up and that means among other things that the standard of bottom scraping “reporting” for the next year is set this week. This story is but one of the entries, and with another week to go there will be more like it.

      The media started this story. This is NONE of our business.

  18. eightysixisback - Jan 28, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    She knew his adoptive parents when they adopted him. There is no reason for her to go to the media to let him know she would like to meet him other than to get her face in the news and to put pressure on him. If all she wanted was to meet him there are other ways she could have gone about it.