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Colin Kaepernick gets free Red Robin for life if he wins the Super Bowl

Doug Farrar
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NEW ORLEANS -- This may be one of the more interesting incentives any football player could receive. Restaurant chain Red Robin, upon hearing that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick really likes its food, decided to throw down the gauntlet and offer the second-year star free eats at any Red Robin he wants for the rest of his life ... as long as his team wins Super Bowl XLVII.

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Here's part of the ad that appeared in the Thursday edition of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Dear Colin:

We’ve seen your name being thrown around the news quite a lot lately, and everyone at Red Robin is ecstatic that you’re a fan of our craveable burgers and our restaurant is a “favorite haunt of [yours].” Let’s just say there has been an abundance of bicep kissing and screams of “touchdown!” among our Red Robin Team Members lately.

We can imagine how focused you must be on the big game this Sunday, but as you prepare to lead your teammates to victory on the field, we wanted to offer an additional incentive in return for your love of Red Robin. And since we’ve already got the ‘Red’ covered for The Red and Gold, we thought you needed something gold.

So here’s our golden offer: If you emerge as the winning QB on Sunday, we’ll give you free Red Robin for life. We’re game — are you?

The letter, signed by Red Robin CEO Steve Carley, states that the chain will also offer a free Tavern Double Burger to any patron in the San Francisco area with the purchase of another if the 49ers pull off the sixth Super Bowl win in the franchise's history.

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Here's what we wonder -- having set this in motion, what does Red Robin do if the 49ers lose the Super Bowl, especially if they lose and Kaepernick plays exceptionally well? "Uh ... "I'm sorry Colin, but your bill for $22.53 stands. You DID get free bottomless fries, though."

C'mon, Red Robin. The kid has done a great job for the 49ers this year, and he's got a base salary of just $607.922 this season. That sounds like a lot, but after taxes, agent fees, and basic living in a really, really expensive city, Kaepernick could at least use a few gift cards if he comes up short.

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