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Tattooed 49ers QB Not the Only Controversial Christian in 2013 Super Bowl

(UPDATED) Move over, Tebow: 49ers' Colin Kaepernick and Ravens' Ray Lewis are the NFL's leading Christians this Sunday.

Update (Feb. 1): Barna just announced that two-thirds of Americans think pro athletes have more influence on society than pastors.


The NFL bans Bible verses on players' eyeblack or uniforms, but Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wears his favorite verses on his arms–permanently.

Kaepernick, whose successful season has launched him into the national spotlight, made headlines last November when one Sporting News columnist criticized the quarterback's arm tattoos, likening the player to "inmates at California's state prison."

The commentary sparked response from other bloggers who came to Kaepernick's defense. But Kaepernick's adoptive parents also went straight to the media in support of their son's tattoos, pointing out that he "chose Bible verses and had them inscribed on his biceps."

"'Colin's a fairly religious kid, but he's not in your face about it,'" ...

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