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Tattoos, Touchdowns and Kaepernicking.
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)-When you lose the Super Bowl, what do you do?
You go get a tattoo. What else?
Besides, this is how sophomore sensation QB Colin Kaepernick handles disappointment.
The 25-year old QB, who led the 49ers to the Super Bowl after replacing then starter Alex Smith in week 10, in fact, added more ink to his already tatted up body with the help of talented tattoo artist Orly Locquiao, who according to the San Francisco Chronicle, stated on Instragram that Kaepernick’s new tribal inspired art represents “inner strength, spiritual growth, and humility.”
This, of course, is going to drive Sporting News columnist David Whitley, who wrote “NFL quarterback is the ultimate position of influence and responsibility. He is the CEO of a high-profile organization, and you don’t want your CEO to look like he just got paroled.”in his column entitled Colin Kaepernick ushers in an inked-up NFL quarterbacking era, insane.
But despite all of the controversy surrounding Kapernick’s body art, the young quarterback, who as a 4thgrader foretold his destiny at Dutcher Elementary School in Turlock when he wrote “I hope to go to a good college… then go to the pros and play on the Niners …”, performed exceptional well in Super Bowl XLVII against a tough Baltimore Ravens defense, where he was 16-of-28 for 302 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a quarterback rating of 91.7. He also ran the ball seven times for 62 yards and a score.
With that impressive stat line, if he had successfully scored on the final drive with the ball on the seven yard line, despite the obvious missed holding call, he could have been considered the Super Bowl MVP and not Joe Flacco.
And with the win, he could have joined former 49ers QB Joe Montana as a fan favorite in San Francisco.
Seriously, Kaepernick’s potential is scary, despite his slow start in the Super Bowl, which many contributed to him being overwhelmed by the moment.
But after settling down, the second-year signal caller seemingly benefited from the third quarter blackout and came back energized when the lights came back on by -going 8-of-15 for 163 yards and a touchdown along with 46 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.
This was all done even after CBS Commentator Bill Cowher ill-advised that Coach Harbaugh replace him with Alex Smith to start the second half?
For this reason, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh should be celebrated for keeping Kaepernick in the game despite his first half struggles as well as his decision to install him in the starting line up after Alex Smith was injured in the regular season.
Harbaugh, however, should also be criticized for not running the football in the pistol package on the seven yard line, especially with Frank Gore who racked up 110 yards on just 19 carries in the backfield and Kaepernick under center.
Despite this, the 49ers, if they keep their team in tack along with their team chemistry and a few extra pieces here and there,could make another run for the Super Bowl next year.
In other words, there should be a lot more Kaepernicking in the end zone and a few more tattoos.