Colin Kaepernick Showing Leadership

By Travis Chan
Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

The Super Bowl just ended a little over two weeks ago, and Colin Kaepernick is already back at work. For the past week, Kaepernick, along with several other veterans have been training in Atlanta. Many young players, especially those who have accomplished a lot in a small time frame, would have the luxury of taking some time off. If you told me that Kaepernick threw for 2,612 yards while accounting for 22 total touchdowns in 10 career starts (including a Super Bowl start), I would view that as a very successful season for a player in his circumstance. He even made history in the Divisional Round matchup against the Green Bay Packers, running for an NFL playoff record 181 rushing yards- the most ever by a quarterback.

But obviously, the young signal-caller is not pleased with the final results. The hunger is still there. Just by the fact that he is dedicated to becoming better right now shows that he wants to be the best player in the league. Many individuals want to be at the top, but Kaepernick’s actions say it all. He continues to train as if he has yet to make a roster spot. Kaepernick also drives the same car that he drove in college, indicating that he is not caught up with the riches that come with being a superstar.

Kaepernick, who is still young based on NFL playing time, is becoming the face of the San Francisco 49ers. His words and work ethic set the tone for his team, and that bodes well for the Red and Gold.

Prior to the Super Bowl, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs thought that the second-year quarterback was “all hype.” Suggs then went on to say, “When you go in there and you’re playing a guy like that, I hate quarterbacks, but that kid is the truth and I have the upmost respect for him. I don’t think he needs to hold his head down at all because he’s going to play in a few (Super Bowls).”

Earning the praise of a highly-accomplished veteran like Suggs speaks volume of his potential. Patrick Willis, Frank Gore and Vernon Davis have been the 49ers’ leaders for some time, but you can safely cement Kaepernick’s name to that list.

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