Players for both Super Bowl XLVII teams had players on the field who were adopted. Michael Oher’s adoption even inspired a major motion picture, “The Blind Side,” starring Sandra Bullock. According to a Feb. 4 Live Action News report, Colin Kaepernick was also adopted.
Oher’s plays for the Baltimore Ravens. He was adopted by the Tuohy family as a teenager after living in a series of foster homes. Unlike the character he inspired in “The Blind Side,” Michael was playing football since he was a small boy, long before he met his adoptive parents.
Kaepernick’s biological mother had him when she was only 19 and knew she wouldn’t be able to give him the life she wanted for him. She searched for the right family for him and placed him with Rick and Teresa Kaepernick when he was five weeks old. Colin, who plays for the San Francisco 49ers, told Dan Marino in an interview that being adopted is the greatest blessing that ever happened to him.
Adoptive mother, Katrina Jones, said her son was thrilled to learn both teams had players touched by adoption. Jones said her son, adopted from the foster care system two years ago at age seven, exclaimed, "Wow! They’re just like me!" when he heard Oher and Kaepernick are both adopted.