That player would be San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose headline-making plays have drafted an unlikely but diehard fan in Sarah Redden of Dayton, Ohio.
Sarah first made a name for herself in December when she posted a video titled “Kaepernicking” – the term for Kaepernick’s signature celebratory move of flexing his right arm and kissing his bicep – to YouTube. The video of the young fan decked out in 49ers gear and singing-rapping about her favorite team has garnered more than 500,000 views.
It also drew the attention of Kaepernick himself, who sent Sarah an autographed 49ers jersey in her size.
Perhaps with Sarah’s good-luck rap propelling them, the 49ers made it to the Super Bowl to face the Baltimore Ravens and now their small but mighty fan has a new track, this one called “Kaepfornia Gold.”
“All decked out rockin’ number seven,” she raps in a Kaepernick jersey, chains and 49ers tattoos on her cheeks. “‘Cause I’m out here reppin’ all through this day.”
Sarah has created a name for herself with her own Twitter handle with more than 2,000 followers, an Instagram account and her rap for sale on iTunes, but she does have a little help when it comes to her beat in the form of her older brother, Andrew Redden.
“I like making videos and she likes making songs, so it goes together,” Redden, 18 and a freshman at Miami University of Ohio, told ABCNews.com today.
The pair started following Kaepernick during his college career at the University of Nevada and became 49ers fans as soon as he was drafted. They were inspired to do a rap video for their football hero by the “Black and Yellow” video rapper Wiz Khalifa made for his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Redden.
“At first we just wanted Colin to see it and he tweeted it two or three times and it just exploded from there,” he said.
The whole family, Andrew, Sarah, their parents and two other siblings, all made the trip to Atlanta last weekend for the NFC Championship game and, according to Redden, there’s a “20 to 30 percent chance” they’ll travel to New Orleans for the Super Bowl.
Even if they’re not there to see celebratory “Kaepernicking” live, if the 49ers win, Sarah’s fans should head straight to YouTube.
“She’s planning on making another video,” Redden said.