[Update: Kaepernick and the 49ers lost, 34-31. And Baltimore QB Joe Flacco was named the game’s MVP.]
Colin Kaepernick is the running, throwing, tattoed-bicep-kissing quarterback who has taken the San Francisco 49ers back to the biggest game of all. He started the year as the backup to star-crossed veteran Alex Smith, then stole his job after Smith had to sit out a game with a concussion in November. (Well, it wasn’t actually stealing. But Smith hasn’t played a snap since.)
Kaepernick’s story is pretty irresistable:
» Bi-racial infant, adopted by a Wisconsin couple at age five weeks.
» Grew up in Turlock, California and wrote himself a letter in 4th grade, predicting he’d play in then NFL for either San Francisco or Green Bay. (“I hope to go to a good college… then go to the pros and play on the Niners or Packers even if they aren’t good in seven years.”)
» Super college quarterback at University of Nevada, where he threw for over 10,000 yards and ran for over 4000 in his career. He’s the only NCAA Division 1 quaterback ever to do that.
» Tattoos galore.