Colin Kaepernick: The 49ers quarterback had 16 Super Bowl tickets to dish out to his family.

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No. 7 jerseys for Kaepernick clan

Published: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4C
Last Modified: Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 - 3:04 pm

MODESTO – Finding the Kaepernick clan at the Super Bowl won't be difficult – they'll be wearing Colin's No. 7 jerseys.

They're the fortunate ones, the lucky few after the family dealt with one of the headaches for every Super Bowl participant – ticket allocation.

Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers quarterback who grew up in Turlock, was allotted 15 tickets – he scored an additional ticket from a teammate – for the Feb. 3 Super Bowl at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, Colin's parents, completed ticket arrangements Tuesday night after Colin told them to handle it.

"As it turned out, we had exactly the right number of tickets for the people who could afford to go and wanted to go," Teresa said Wednesday. "We were very lucky. We didn't have to turn anybody down."

Colin's parents will join other relatives in New Orleans. The Super Bowl will become a family reunion for the Kaepernicks.

Colin's parents were, of course, tops on the ticket list, along with brother Kyle and sister Devon. From there, it breaks down to uncles and cousins.

The family has handled all the demands on them this week in good nature. Next week in New Orleans, there will be plenty of time for some fun before a fingernail-biting game against the Baltimore Ravens.

"It's a dream come true for him (Colin) and so surreal for us," Teresa said. "How many people does this happen to? He's been blessed in so many ways, and so are we.

"We're just trying not to have so much anxiety that we can't enjoy it as a family."

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