49ers starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick was given up for adoption only weeks after his birth. 25 years later, his biological mother, Heidi Russo, says that she wants to meet him, claiming that his newfound fame has nothing to do with her decision.
All this less than 2 weeks before the Superbowl game against the Baltimore Ravens.
“Don’t get me wrong,” says Russo. “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.”
Russo, currently a dental nurse living in Thorton, Colorado with her eight-year-old son, explains how difficult her decision to put Colin up for adoption was.
“It is the toughest decision that I have ever made. But, for him, it was the right decision. For me personally, I was in a situation that wasn’t planned, certainly wasn’t in a position to give Colin the life that I Wanted him to have.”
“He was born in 1987 and I took care of him for six weeks and I was fortunate enough and blessed with Rick and Teresa who adopted him.”
Russo says that Colin has never left her thoughts and that although Rick and Teresa were happy to send her updates including photos and letters about Colin’s progress. Eventually she had to ask that they stop so that she would be able to move on with her own life.
“I couldn’t move forward with my life – I would wait for her letters, I would wait for pictures. It was really hard. His whole life I have thought about him, every birthday. You think about him, you don’t just forget.
But I’ve been interested in getting a chance to see Colin, to be with him, since the day he was given up for adoption,” Russo adds.
Heidi Russo Claims she has tried to contact Colin countless times in the past with no success.
“I have to respect his wishes,” she explained. “If and when he changes his mind – he may never change his mind – I’ll watch him from home. When I have a chance to get out to a game, I’ll watch him from there. It’s his life.
The Kaepernicks have been great. They have given Colin everything he could want and more. They were able to raise him in the same kind of athletic environment that I grew up in. I wanted him to have a great life, and that’s what he has.”
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