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Here's why that 'Colin Kaepernick is self-centered and Russell Wilson is not' comparison is incredibly unfair

Kevin Kaduk
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Colin Kaepernick meets fans after the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

You might have already seen the side-by-side comparison of Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick that has been floating around the Internet for a few months. If not, there's a good chance someone might forward it to you this week. With the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers set to meet in Sunday's NFC championship, the two fanbases are looking for ways to denigrate the other side. 

Enter the aforementioned image. Presumably created by a Seahawks fan, it mines the Instagram accounts of both quarterbacks to paint a picture of Wilson as a charitable and giving person who spends all his time visiting sick children in hospitals while Kaepernick is someone who is only concerned with his tattoos, his sneakers and his celebrity friends. 

Here's a sample:

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Wilson and Kaepernick

The image has been viewed almost 500,000 times on imgur alone and it's not hard to see why it resonates with Seahawks fans or those casual observers who don't like Kaepernick for whatever reason. 

Here's the thing, though: This comparison might be one of the more unfair things on the Internet. 

Which is saying something. 

While no one's debating the community service Wilson does in Seattle, the Kaepernick side has been cherrypicked to only show a certain side of the Niners quarterback. No pictures of Kaepernick working with charities or rubbing shoulders with fans are shown. 

And whoever created this image didn't need to look far for that type of evidence, either. Kaepernick has been very involved with Camp Taylor, a charity in Salida, Calif. that provides support for children with heart defects.  Apart from financial donations, Kaepernick has spent time with the children at Camp Taylor and has been involved with the charity's golf tournament.  Go check out Camp Taylor's Twitter feed and all you'll find are children showing their love for Kaepernick during Sunday's win over the Carolina Panthers. 

The Modesto Bee explains why Kaepernick feels so strongly about Camp Taylor:

Kaepernick's parents, Rick and Teresa, lost two infant boys to heart disease. Born between oldest son Kyle and daughter Devon, Lance lived 23 days and underwent two heart surgeries before passing. Kent died at 4 days old.

"It was Colin that got us involved with Camp Taylor," says Teresa Kaepernick. "He had just been drafted by the 49ers and he had received a check for something. He said, 'I want to donate this check somewhere where it'll help kids with heart defects.' That just blew me away. "Losing children to heart disease wasn't something we really talked a lot about as a family, but obviously he had given a lot of thought to this."

But Kaepernick wanted to do more than just endorse a check. "Colin goes all out for the kids," says [Camp Taylor's Kimberlie] Gamino. "He's all about the kids, making them smile and being there for them on their level ... well, not really, he's 6-foot-4. "Last year, he was supposed to be at the camp for three hours; he stayed seven." 

But Kaepernick wanted to do more than just endorse a check. "Colin goes all out for the kids," says [Camp Taylor's Kimberlie] Gamino. "He's all about the kids, making them smile and being there for them on their level ... well, not really, he's 6-foot-4. "Last year, he was supposed to be at the camp for three hours; he stayed seven." 

But Kaepernick wanted to do more than just endorse a check. "Colin goes all out for the kids," says [Camp Taylor's Kimberlie] Gamino. "He's all about the kids, making them smile and being there for them on their level ... well, not really, he's 6-foot-4. "Last year, he was supposed to be at the camp for three hours; he stayed seven." 

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