49ers admit ‘oversight' in not recognizing Colin Kaepernick on team website


Some of the 49ers’ most memorable games in the history of their series with the Green Bay Packers came during a span of two seasons with Colin Kaepernick playing a prominent role.

Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards -- most ever by an NFL quarterback -- and two touchdowns while throwing for 263 yards and two touchdowns in his first playoff start, a 45-31 victory over the Packers at Candlestick Park on Jan. 12, 2013. With Kaepernick at quarterback, the 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl that season.

The 49ers opened the next regular season with a 34-28 win over Green Bay, and Kaepernick led the way with 412 passing yards and three touchdowns.

In the playoffs following the 2013 regular season, Kaepernick ran for 98 yards and threw for 227 yards and one touchdown in negative-10 degree wind chill in the 49ers’ 23-20 victory at Lambeau Field.

Yet, when the 49ers’ official website posted a photo gallery this week consisting of 48 pictures from games against the Packers, Kaepernick was not featured once. John Brodie, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jeff Garcia and Alex Smith were featured, but Kaepernick was seen only in the background of three photos.

The 49ers released a statement Friday morning to address to the omission of Kaepernick in their photo gallery:

“Unfortunately there were a handful of obvious misses in this gallery posted by our website team and we appreciate them being brought to our attention. The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and gratitude for the contributions Colin made to our team over the years. We have fond memories of those games and that should have been displayed on our website. This oversight does not properly reflect the appreciation our ownership and this team have for Colin.”

In September 2016, team CEO Jed York announced the 49ers Foundation would pledge $1 million to organizations focused on improving racial and economic inequality and fostering communication and collaboration between law enforcement and Bay Area communities.

The 49ers donated the money after Kaepernick promised to donate $1 million of his own money to charities consistent with his message of addressing racial inequality.

Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the end of the 2016 season, when he gained fame as an activist for his protests aimed at bringing attention to social issues.

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