Colin Kaepernick spells Nnamdi Asomugha, wins 49ers spelling bee

Quarterbacking isn't Colin Kaepernick's only talent, apparently he can also spell. (USATSI)
Quarterbacking isn't Colin Kaepernick's only talent; apparently he can also spell. (USATSI)

National Spelling Bee winner Arvind Mahankali wasn't the only person to win a spelling bee this week. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick won a spelling bee, too. All he had to do was spell Nnamdi Asomugha correctly.

With the Scripps National Spelling Bee putting spelling in the spotlight, Scott Kegley of 49ers.com went through the team locker room after practice this week to find out who could spell Asomugha's name. 

The results were entertaining

Cornerback Carlos Rogers, who probably sees Asomugha at practice a lot because they play the same position, didn't even want to venture a guess.

"I don't know how to spell it at all," Rogers said. 

Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins got off to a hot start, before giving up: "Nnamdi. Nnamdi. N?"  

Asomugha seemed slightly disappointed that Jenkins couldn't spell Nnamdi:"I tell A.J. every day how to spell my name," Asomugha said. 

Receiver Marlon Moore has probably watched a few spelling bees in his life, because he had a few questions for Kegley before he tried to tackle the spelling: "Can you use it in a sentence? Origin of the word?" 

The questions didn't help, though. Moore still spelled Asomugha's name wrong. 

Backup quarterback Scott Tolzien was wrong after only two letters: "I think it's N-M," Tolzien said. 

LaMichael James had an interesting strategy; he's just got to get a hold of Asomugha's mom.

"I'm going to have to ask his mom. I can't spell that," James said.  

Fullback Bruce Miller should definitely get some bonus points for the most creative answer. "A-W-E-S-O-M-E-G-U-Y," is how Miller spelled Asomugha's name. If you find the hyphens overwhelming, he spelled "Awesome Guy."

Kaepernick closed out the spelling contest by nailing Asomugha's name. He spelled Asomugha's last name first, then came back and spelled Nnamdi's first name, just in case there were any doubters.  

Of course, it kind of makes sense that Kaepernick spelled Asomugha's name correctly because Kaepernick's last name isn't exactly easy to spell either. Unless you use the little-known spelling rule "E before A except after K."

You can see video of the entire spelling bee at this link. It's definitely worth a look. 

CBS Sports Writer

John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

Show Comments Hide Comments
CBS Sports Store
NFL Training Camp Gear
Our Latest Stories