Colin Kaepernick, who made a shocking entry last season as an NFL starting quarterback, surprised the people Thursday night who first discovered his athletic prowess.
Kaepernick made an unannounced appearance at his alma mater, Turlock's Pitman High, as a gesture toward two of his former teachers, Brandon Harris and David Jack, the Modesto Bee reported. Harris, Pitman's head coach since 2006, is taking position in Idaho to be closer to his mother, who is battling cancer.
Pitman principal Rod Hollars arranged Kaepernick's cameo appearance, which lasted for about five minutes near the end of the ceremony after the graduates had already received their diplomas.
Hollars brought Harris on stage and said he has a "live stream" for him. Kaepernick appeared on video, according to the Bee, and started to speak. He appeared to be pulled away. Seconds later, he appeared on stage, much to the delight of the graduates and their family and friends.
"I had to come back to say goodbye to two of my favorite teachers and also congratulate the graduates," Kaepernick said. "I'm saying goodbye to one of my good friends and best coaches. I have a lot of great memories with him."
Kaepernick made the drive from Santa Clara to Turlock in the late afternoon with a member of the 49ers public relations staff. His appearance was kept a secret with only a handful of people at Pitman in on the surprise.
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