Colin Kaepernick may never have been on San Francisco 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh’s radar if it weren’t for Andrew Luck.
According to a report from CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, while Luck was still at Stanford – playing under Harbaugh – and Kaepernick still at Nevada, the two met at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana.
“When Andrew got back from the academy, just asked him what quarterbacks stood out to him, who was good and I asked him who he got along with,” Jim Harbaugh said. “He lit up talking about Colin. It was the first name out of his mouth.”
Every NFL team – and every football fan for that matter – knew who Andrew Luck was, but playing at Nevada doesn’t exactly put a player in the limelight. Kaepernick would have landed somewhere, he is too much of a talent and physical freak to have not caught someone’s eye, but Luck’s high praise of the 49ers’ quarterback probably had a big role in him landing in the city by the bay.
And it’s not all Luck praising Kaepernick either; the two have a mutual respect – a refreshing sentiment in this day and age.
“He’s a great quarterback, very intelligent, very intuitive,” Kaepernick said referring to Andrew Luck. “He knows what he’s doing on the field.”
San Francisco and Indianapolis face off this Sunday at Candlestick Park; Harbaugh’s former star quarterback versus his shiny new star quarterback.