49ers QB Colin Kaepernick opened up today with Peter King on TheMMQB.com. He covers a variety of topics including tattoos, his biological mother, the divisional round game against the Packers, and the Super Bowl that got away.
Kaepernick is well aware that he is not your typical NFL quarterback, with the tattoos, being adopted and biracial, as well as being dangerous on the run or in the pocket.
“I want to try to break that perfect football mold,” Kaepernick said. “I don’t want to be someone who can be put into a category. I want to be my own person. I want my own style. I want to be someone who can’t really be compared to anybody.”
The speedy hopeful trend-setter went on to discuss the haunting aborted third-down play where he felt like nothing could stop him from trotting in the end zone, nothing except a Jim Harbaugh to avoid what he thought was going to be a delay of game.
“(I’m) still not really over it,” Kaepernick said. “It feels like something was stolen. I constantly think about it. I replay it. I rehash it. What could I have done better? If I got everybody up and got them set quicker, we wouldn’t have had to worry about the play clock. The way the play looked to me, I don’t feel there was anybody that was going to stop us from getting in the end zone. It looked like it could have been a walk into the end zone.”
It would have been the greatest comeback win in Super Bowl history, following a dominant playoff performance against the Green Bay Packers. Kaepernick reflects on the win.
“It got to a point,” he said, “where we could hear (the Packers’ defenders) arguing while we were in our huddle . ‘You’re supposed to do this,’ or ‘You have to do this, then the other.’ At that point, our offense was like ‘it’s over.’ As soon as you start turning on your teammates, you’re not going to be productive. You know you have them in the palm of your hands.”
Today, it would appear the nation is in the palm of Kaepernick’s hands. The man took over for Alex Smith mid-way though the 2012-2013 season, and has taken the nation by storm. The starting job is now is for what seems like years to come, he’s number one in NFL jersey sales, was honored at the ESPY’s, and is on the front cover of several magazines, and most likely will be gone before the first round of your fantasy draft is over. Here we have a player who is literally changing the face of the league.
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