Colin Kaepernick is no stranger to the history books. While playing quarterback at the University of Nevada, Kaepernick led a record-setting career. When he entered his name in the 2011 NFL Draft, Kaepernick was the only player in NCAA Division I history to pass for 10,000 yards and rush for 4,000 yards in his collegiate career. Kaepernick also entered the record books when he ran for 181 yards against the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round of these 2012 NFL Playoffs—the most by a quarterback in NFL History.
Now, entering his first Super Bowl, Kaepernick is looking to make history in several more ways as well.
At 25, Kaepernick is the sixth youngest quarterback in NFL History to start in the Super Bowl XLV II next Sunday.
If Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers win and defeat the Baltimore Ravens, he would be just the fifth quarterback to win the super bowl that didn’t start his team’s first five games in the same season. The last quarterback to do so was Trent Dilfer who won Super Bowl XXXV in 2000 with Ray Lewis and the Ravens.
Kaepernick can also become the first quarterback since Eli Manning in SB XLII to win the Super Bowl without ever being named to the Pro Bowl. Manning has since been named to three Pro Bowls, Kaepernick will surely be as well, somewhere down the road.
Further, Kaepernick can become the third second-year quarterback in league history to win the Super Bowl as well. The other two? Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger.
The former backup can also become just the second quarterback ever to win the Super Bowl having entered the championship game with less than 10 career starts. In 1991, Jeff Hostetler of the New York Giants won Super Bowl XXV with just 6 career starts under his belt. He replaced Chris Simms after the legendary quarterback went down in Week 16.
Lastly, and most interestingly, Kaepernick can become just the 5th quarterback in NFL History to win a Super Bowl who was also drafted by an MLB team. Kaepernick, who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2009, would join Ken Stabler, Joe Theismann, John Elway and Tom Brady… maybe you’ve heard of them.
If the San Francisco 49ers can secure a Super Bowl victory on February 3, they will tie the Pittsburgh Steelers as the only franchises with six Vince Lombardi Trophies. Considering they haven’t won a championship since Super Bowl XXIX, which was 18 years ago, the Niners seem to be due. And, the previous quarterbacks who delivered those rings to the Bay Area were guys named Joe Montana and Steve Young… maybe you’ve heard of them.
Man oh man does Colin Kaepernick have a lot to play for.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Columnist for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.