Harbaugh Bowl: How Colin Kaepernick can be the next Tom Brady

By Marian Hinton
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When his storied career comes to a close, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will go down in history as one of the best to ever play the game. His rise to the top was an unlikely one, considering he wasn’t selected until the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, but though the expectations weren’t high for Brady, he is undoubtedly one of those “once-in-a-lifetime” quarterbacks that every franchise hopes to find.

As difficult as it is to find a quarterback like No. 12, will fans be watching the “Next Tom Brady” take the field in the Harbaugh Bowl next week against the Baltimore Ravens?

Yes, it is far too soon to compare a three-time Super Bowl champion and two-time MVP to a second year quarterback that has yet to even take a snap in the Super Bowl; nevertheless, there are some interesting parallels between Brady’s first two seasons in the NFL and the first two seasons of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

In Brady’s first year in the league, he played back-up to veteran quarterback Drew Bledsoe. In Kaepernick’s first season in the NFL, he rode the bench behind veteran Alex Smith.

It wasn’t until Brady’s second year, when Bledsoe went down with an injury, that the young QB was forced into the starting line-up. Like Brady, Kaepernick was the back-up early this season, also his second, until Alex Smith suffered a concussion in week 10, throwing Kaepernick into action as the starter.

After taking over as the starters in just their second seasons, both Brady and Kaepernick went on to win division and conference titles, and both young quarterbacks led their teams to the Super Bowl in their first year at the helm.

While Tom Brady has already gone down in the history books (though he’s certainly not done yet), Kaepernick’s story has yet to be written, but the parallels between the two quarterbacks are quite interesting.

Will Kaepernick become the next Tom Brady? Will he go on to win the Super Bowl in his second year? Will he win the MVP? Will his career be on par with one of the greatest to ever play the position? Only time will tell, and it definitely won’t be easy, but he’s certainly gotten off to a great start.

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