MODESTO -- Colin Kaepernick wrapped his 793/8-inch wingspan Monday around a dozen children stricken with heart issues and marveled at how they're overcoming adversity.

"Ultimately I haven't been through things that they have," Kaepernick said, "so for me, I try to support them as much as I can and show them they're great kids."

Kaepernick, for his part, looked worry-free at his second annual golf tournament benefiting Camp Taylor's efforts for heart-troubled children.

When he reports to the 49ers' mandatory minicamp Tuesday, his attention will be squarely on football, a mindset he insists wasn't jeopardized by this offseason's earlier distractions. In the past two weeks, he signed a lucrative contract extension (six years, $126 million) and was cleared of any wrongdoing in a Miami police investigation.

That's some heavy weight off his shoulders, right?

"To me it wasn't weight because they weren't things I was worried about," Kaepernick said at Del Rio Country Club. "To me I was worried about playing football and making sure I was handling business, to be the best player I can be for this season."

Last Thursday, the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office concluded that Kaepernick and two other players committed no crimes against a belligerent woman who had to be removed by police from his hotel suite.

"Miami's over and done with," Kaepernick said. "There was nothing there."

Rick Kaepernick commended his son on his "really good job" of coping through this offseason, especially regarding the Miami incident.


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"With everything that's happened and what we've learned, even though it's hard, sometimes silence is better," Rick Kaepernick said. "You let people do their jobs. We knew, in our heart of hearts, what the deal was."

The job at hand for the 49ers quarterback is to prepare for what he hopes will be the team's fourth consecutive playoff run, with such stakes reverberating through his incentive-laden contract.

On June 4, Rick Kaepernick escorted his son to the 49ers facility for a contract signing that merited his praise for both the 49ers and Kaepernick's agents at XAM Sports.

"Jed York did an amazing job pulling us together. We're really pleased," the elder Kaepernick said of the 49ers owner. "Colin, ever since he was a little boy, it's more important for him to win. Yeah he has a big contract and has to perform, but who has a job and doesn't have to perform every day to get paid?"

Money from Kaepernick's first game check as a 2011 rookie went to Camp Taylor, and he says "another check" is ticketed to the Salida-based organization near his childhood hometown of Turlock.

"The original reason why I was adopted was because my parents had lost two kids to congenital heart defects, and when we had the opportunity to be involved with Camp Taylor, we took advantage, to help these kids and these families as much as we can," Kaepernick said.

With some golfers paying $10,000 to play just three holes with Kaepernick on Monday, more money is being raised and, as a byproduct, more opportunities will be afford to Camp Taylor's kids.

This year's event brought out a 49ers teammate for the first time: fullback Bruce Miller, a fellow member of the 2011 draft class.

"I wanted to come show my support for the kids, the family and the community," Miller said.

Miller stood alongside Kaepernick at a pre-tournament news conference, during which some campers not only expressed their gratitude but analyzed the 49ers.

Juan Barragan, 12, said: "It's really cool when they do really good. The thing that sucks is when they lost to the Seahawks."

  • Kaepernick said he supports tight end Vernon Davis and guard Alex Boone, even if they boycott the minicamp because of contract disputes.

    "I would love to see all of our players there, but at the same time, they have to do what's best for them and make their own decisions," said Kaepernick, who's kept in contact with Davis and Boone even though they've skipped organized team activities.

    Davis explained Monday that money is indeed why he's "holding out" despite having two years left on his contract.

    "It's all about getting paid what you deserve. It's not that complicated," Davis wrote as a guest columnist for Sports Illustrated's Monday Morning Quarterback website. "I want the 49ers to win the Super Bowl, and I want to be on the field this summer working towards that goal, but I have to worry about my future first.

    "Most of my teammates and many players in the NFL understand that. A few don't," Davis continued. " ... I can't listen to anyone but my family and my advisers, because those are the people who are going to be there when football inevitably dumps me."

    The 49ers awarded Davis in 2010 the richest contract ever for a tight end (five years, $37 million). "Four years later, and I'm playing at a higher level than I was then, which brings me to why I'm holding out," wrote Davis, who earned his second Pro Bowl invitation last year after totaling a team-high 13 touchdown receptions.

  • George Seifert, who coached the 49ers to their last two Super Bowl victories, will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame this season as its 25th honoree. Seifert's ceremony will be held Nov. 1, and he'll be honored the following day at halftime of the 49ers' home game against the St. Louis Rams. Seifert spent 17 seasons with the 49ers, starting as their secondary coach in 1980 and then compiling a 98-30 regular-season record as head coach from 1989-96.

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