Superbowl: Transracial Adoptees

My husband is a huge NFL football fan, and he’s been a 49ers supporter since he was a teenager. So this Super Bowl, coming up on Sunday, is a huge deal for him!

One cool thing about the Super Bowl is that 2 of the star players are transracial adoptees. Jason has been great about pointing this out to the girls, showing them pictures of their families, and making them excited about the Super Bowl too.

Colin Kaepernick and parents Rick and Teresa Kaepernick. He was adopted at 6 weeks old.

Colin Kaepernick and parents Rick and Teresa Kaepernick. He was adopted at 6 weeks old. Colin plays for the San Francisco 49ers.



Michael Oher with his adoptive family Sean (from l.) and Leigh Anne Tuohy and their children, Collins and Sean Jr. Oher, now a rookie lineman with the Baltimore Ravens, was adopted at 16 by the Tuohy family and their story together was turned into the book and movie "The Blind Side."

Michael Oher with his adoptive family Sean (from l.) and Leigh Anne Tuohy and their children, Collins and Sean Jr. Oher, now a rookie lineman with the Baltimore Ravens, was adopted at 16 by the Tuohy family and their story together was turned into the book and movie “The Blind Side.”




One downside of all this attention, however, is that the players’ lives have been on parade. Michael Oher seems used to it, since his adoption story was made into the fabulous movie “the Blind Side.” But for Kapernick, this intense scrutiny of his adoption story is new.

Most of us hold our childrens’ stories quite close as they are personal family history, but these fellows have their adoption stories out there. I know that if they weren’t adopted, their fmailies simply would NOT be making the news – can you imagine the headlines? “Nuclear Family still has exactly the same family structure as when XYZ player was born!”

As if. It’s a great example for our kids, but it’s also a reminder fo rme that there is a lot of piblic novelty attached to transracial adoption. Transracial adoption is a norm in our lives, but for many, it is newsworthy.

Let’s hope all this publicity does inspire some people to consider families they may not have previously, or at least make transracial adoptees families more “normal” in the public eye!

2 thoughts on “Superbowl: Transracial Adoptees

  1. Have been thinking a Jrock with SF being in the Superbowl! Good luck tomorrow (I think we’ll be cheering for the Ravens at our house). A

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