Many football fans don’t realize that Colin Kaepernick has always been used to the “big moment”.
On November 26, 2010, Boise State headed into Nevada with a 24 game winning streak, dating back to 2008. Boise State was primed to have a shot at the National Championship, until they realized that Kaepernick and the Wolfpack would not be easy. The Wolfpack were heavy underdogs, and Colin Kaepernick had something else in mind. He led the Wolfpack to an upset that night, and caught the attention of NFL scouts.
On that night, Kaepernick was the first player in NCAA history that passed for over 2,000 yards and 1,000 yards rushing for 3 consecutive seasons.
Colin Kaepernick is the only quarterback in Division I college football to pass for over 10,000 yards and over 4,000 yards in a collegiate career.
Later, Kaepernick was drafted in the second round, as a 4th pick by the San Francisco 49ers.
When Kaepernick began his pro career, he was considered a good “project” for a professional team. The 49ers thought differently.
In the 10th game of the season, Coach Jim Harbaugh made a change at quarterback by replacing Alex Smith, who was taken out of the game due to a concussion. Harbaugh saw something in that game that makes him look like a “genius” among NFL critics today.
As a starting quaterback, Kaepernick has led the 49ers to the NFC championship game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Kaepernick dissected the Green Bay defense by rushing for 181 yards, and two touchdowns. He passed for 263 yards, and two touchdowns and led the thrashing of the Green Bay Packers, 45-31.
Kaepernick can be regarded as the 49ers “franchise” player, as he starts in his first NFC championship game, in hopes of bringing another world championship to San Francisco.
Kaepernick is used to performing well in big games. The NFC championship should be another game in which Kaepernick continues to show the world that he is ready to take on any challenge and take advantage of the moment at hand.