What Is 'Kaepernicking'? About The 49ers' Answer To The 'Tebowing' Meme

on January 23 2013 9:48 PM
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"Kaepernicking" - often denoted on social media with the hashtag #Kaepernicking - is 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's answer to "Tebowing," and it's becoming all the rage as San Francisco fans and players get ready for Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3, 2013, during which the team will face off against the Baltimore Ravens. Twitter / NFL_Memes

"Kaepernicking" -- often denoted on social media with the hashtag #Kaepernicking -- is 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's answer to "Tebowing," and it's becoming all the rage as San Francisco fans and players get ready for Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3, 2013, when the team will face off against the Baltimore Ravens

Kaepernick is San Francisco's second-year quarterback sensation, and the 25-year-old has captivated NFL fans across the nation with his inspiring tale of making it from the University of Nevada at Reno to the 2013 Super Bowl in just two years.

In the 2012-13 regular season, Kaepernick racked up 1,814 yards, 10 touchdowns and only three interceptions, notching a 62.4 percent completion rate in the process, according to ESPN.com statistics.

But his most high-profile contribution right now may be the creation of the willdly popular celebratory act dubbed "Kaepernicking."

Every time Kaepernick, aka "Kap," passes for a touchdown, he flexes his right arm next to his head and bends at the neck to kiss the tattoo on his bulging bicep. It started off as a fad, but now the move, called Kaepernicking, is becoming a full-fledged craze.

People are throwing Kaepernicking parties, posting photos of themselves Kaepernicking on local news sites, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and even wearing shirts bearing the term.

And in December, just weeks after the craze began, a 6-year-old girl recorded a rap song called "Kaepernicking" that has become the 49ers' de facto anthem.

In a final strange twist before the 2013 Super Bowl, the 49ers quarterback reportedly filed on Jan. 14 to officially trademark the term "Kaepernicking," according to ABC News.

But Kaepernicking is by no means the first such act to go viral in the digital age, as "Tebowing" is still probably the most famous football meme of its time. Named for devout Christian amd Denver Broncos-turned-New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, "Tebowing" is the act of getting down on one knee in apparent prayer after throwing a touchdown pass.

Other such crazes that are not directly related to football but follow a similar script include "planking," "milking," "owling," "horsemanning," "batmanning" and "plowling." What's next? Perhaps "Flaccoing?"

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