San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick Joins a Small Group
San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be starting in Superbowl 47 in less than two weeks. Kaepernick is only 25 years old and this is only his first postseason appearance. In the Superbowl, we are used to seeing proven veteran quarterbacks. However, there are a few other quarterbacks in the past that haven’t followed that trend as well.
Kaepernick’s seven regular season starts and nine total starts are both the fewest ever for a quarterback to start in a Superbowl. 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh knew what he was doing when he drafted Kaepernick in the second round of the NFL draft. Kaepernick’s ability to pass and run under pressure makes him the perfect duel threat quarterback. But will pressure give in? Will not having enough experience catch up with Kaepernick?
In 1979, the St. Louis Rams were a mediocre 5-6. However, that was all about to change. Rams starter Pat Hagen broke his finger and was replaced by Vince Ferragamo. Ferragamo had never started a game in his NFL career. Ferragamo would lead the Rams to a 4-1 record in the five games of the regular season to clinch a playoff spot. The dream wouldn’t end there. Ferragamo would lead a huge upset throwing three touchdowns over the Dallas Cowboys led by Roger Staubach 21-19. The Rams would make it all the way to the Superbowl, but eventually lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In 1990, the New York Giants thought their season ended in disaster when quarterback Phil Simms broke his foot in Week 15 against the Buffalo Bills. In came Jeff Hostetler. Hostetler started and won the final two regular season games for the Giants with his mobility. He would go on to help the Giants win the Superbowl and get revenge against the Bills. Hostetler was undefeated as a starter in 1990, as what is still known as one of the most unbelievable occurrences for a backup quarterback.
Vince Ferragamo started seven games before his Superbowl appearance. Jeff Hostetler started just six games before playing in the SuperBowl. Others such as Tom Brady and Kurt Warner have won the Super Bowl in their very first year as starting quarterbacks. Three of the four least experienced quarterbacks to start in a Super Bowl went on to win, is Kaepernick next?
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