When Colin Kaepernick starts for the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, not only could he add another winning chapter in the team’s sparkling Super Bowl history but will add his name to a distinguished list.
Kaepernick will become the fourth quarterback in the Super Bowl era to start a Super Bowl during the same season he earned his first career start.
Vince Ferragamo first pulled it off for the 1979 Rams that lost to the Steelers in a competitive Super Bowl XIV.
Twenty years later, the Kurt Warner story culminated in Atlanta with the Rams narrowly defeating Tennessee 23-16 in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Then, two years later, New England’s Tom Brady downed Warner’s Rams, 20-17.
Now, Kaepernick takes his turn and tries to copy the success of Warner and Brady in their Super Bowl victories.
Much of Kaepernick’s success has been tied to the read option offense of doom that riddled NFL defenses during the 2012 season.
When he takes the field on Sunday, he’ll need to tap the read option magic once more to join Warner and Brady’s rag to riches tales of humble backup becoming a Super Bowl-winning quarterback.