Turlock — If there is an overriding theme from football fans in Turlock about Colin Kaepernicks record-breaking contract with the 49ers, announced on Wednesday, its this: Good for him.
The quarterback signed a reported six-year, $126 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers, and people in his hometown were happy about the news.
That is awesome, said Turlocks Tony Walker, owner of 10 East Kitchen and Tap House in downtown Turlock. When we have the game on here this place is packed in with fans. Hes a wonderful football player and a tremendous person. He represents Turlock well.
Walker said Kaepernicks success with the 49ers helped put Turlock on the map.
So hes happy to see the former Pitman High and University of Nevada quarterback land the NFLs latest mega contract.
He certainly deserves it, said Walker, a longtime 49ers fan. Its not only great for him, but for his community, too.
Crystal Peral of Turlock is a diehard Raiders fan. The born-and-raised Turlocker, however, doesnt begrudge Kaepernick for being the rival 49ers quarterback.
Im a Raiders fan, but I give him his props; he deserves it, she said while at Mainstreet Footers in downtown Turlock. Hes working hard for his goals. Hes a down-to-earth kid, and Im proud that hes from Turlock.
Comments on The Bees Facebook post about Kaepernicks big contract were mixed, with some supporting the 49ers decision to pay the quarterback big money while others claimed hes not worth it.
Compared to other NFL mega-deals, the 49ers paid the going rate for an elite quarterback in the NFL. Now, Kaepernick will have to prove hes among the top players at the games most important position.
Is he worth it?
Sure he is, said Walker.
Youd be hard-pressed to find a bigger fan of Kaepernicks in the Central Valley than Kimberlie Gamino, who runs Camp Taylor, a local charitable camp for children with heart disease and their families.
Kaepernick has been a big supporter of Camp Taylor in recent years.
Im thrilled that theyre going to pay him what's he's earned and what he deserves, Gamino said. Hes earned this salary.
Gamino said Kaepernick will be at Del Rio Country Club on June 16 for the 2nd annual Camp Taylor and Colin Kaepernick Against All Odds Golf Tournament. The fundraising event has been sold out, Gamino said.
Were thankful that he loves our heart kids, Gamino said. We are able to reach more kids with his help.