Kaepernick motivated by Twitter criticism

After two straight poor offensive showings by the San Francisco 49ers, quarterback Colin Kaepernick is starting to hear — and see — criticism.

Celebrated and made an advertising star when he led the 49ers to a Super Bowl berth in his first 10 starts in the NFL, Kaepernick is getting heat now, as San Francisco has scored a combined 10 points in losing his past two games.

Kaepernick has been taking heat especially on Twitter. Many of the tweets directed to Kaepernick that he has favorited are vulgar while some call him a one-year wonder and others yearn for the team to bring back quarterback Alex Smith, whom Kaepernick replaced.

Asked Tuesday by media members why he favorited several unfavorable and unsavory tweets, Kaepernick said, “It’s something that I do for me.”

Kaepernick, usually non-expansive in group media sessions, was no different Tuesday. He failed to offer a lot of insight for his reasons, but he was clear.

“It helps me,” he said.

Does he use the Twitter venom as motivation?

“I guess you could say that,” Kaepernick said.

If the 49ers snap a two-game losing streak Thursday in St. Louis, it could all be fueled by Twitter. However, a loss could lead to Kaepernick getting plenty more motivation from social media.

This article was originally posted on ESPN.com

About Neil Farris

I have been covering sports since 2002 when I began writing for my college newspaper. Since then I have covered football regionally and currently work in the NFL department at All Sports Talk.