San Francisco's COLIN KAEPERNICK took over as the team's starting quarterback in Week 11 last year and guided the 49ers to a berth in Super Bowl XLVII.
"When I first started starting, I was just trying to do well and make sure we were winning games," says Kaepernick. "And now I'm just trying to stay focused on what we're trying to achieve."
In his 10 starts (including the postseason), Kaepernick posted a 7-3 record with a 100.2 passer rating. He passed for 2,406 yards with 14 touchdowns versus five interceptions and rushed for 502 yards and five TDs.
"Colin's a great guy to coach because he wants to be great," says 49ers head coach JIM HARBAUGH. "He wants coaching. Therefore, it's a joy to give him everything you have and work very hard as a coach to make him better. Kaep wants to be as good as he can be. As a coach, you want to give him everything you can."
In leading the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII, Kaepernick became the fourth quarterback in the Super Bowl era to start the Super Bowl in the same season as his first career NFL start, joining TOM BRADY, KURT WARNER and VINCE FERRAGAMO.
|Quarterback||Team||Season||Super Bowl||SB Result|
|Vince Ferragamo||LA Rams||1979||XIV||Lost, 31-19|
|Kurt Warner||St. Louis||1999||XXXIV||Won, 23-16|
|Tom Brady||New England||2001||XXXVI||Won, 20-17|
|Colin Kaepernick||San Francisco||2012||XLVII||Lost, 34-31|
His seven career regular-season starts were the third-fewest for a starting quarterback in the Super Bowl, trailing only JEFF HOSTETLER (four) and Ferragamo (five).
"What impresses me is that he's a young guy, who only started half of the season," says 49ers running back FRANK GORE about Kaepernick. "When things go wrong, he stays calm. Defenses just don't know what they're going to get from him. He can run, throw and block. He can do whatever."
In the postseason, Kaepernick posted a 100.9 passer rating and rushed for 264 yards, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history with a 100+ passer rating and at least 200 rushing yards in a single postseason.
"Probably the most talented player right now is Colin Kaepernick," says Houston Texans tight end OWEN DANIELS. "A few guys have special ability to be a dual threat, going back to MICHAEL VICK and RANDALL CUNNINGHAM. Now you've got Colin Kaepernick. His game is awesome."