Put the “hat drama” on pause.
In the annual ESPY awards, Colin Kaepernick was selected as the “best breakthrough athlete in a group consisting of Russell Wilson, Johnny Manziel, Yasiel Puig and Mike Trout.
QB @kaepernick7 wins the ESPY for Best Breakthrough Athlete. Congrats Kap. And the best is yet to come…
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) July 18, 2013
Alex Smith suffered a concussion against the St. Louis Rams in Week 10. He was forced out of the game, and Kaepernick replaced him.
The rest was history from there.
Kaepernick made his first start of the 2012 season on November 19 against the Chicago Bears and led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl, where they fell just short against the Baltimore Ravens.
In the process, Kaepernick emerged as a national star and ultimately stapled himself as the 49ers’ future. To boot, he broke the record (173) for most rushing yards by a quarterback (181) in NFL Playoff history against the Green Bay Packers in Round 1 of the 2012 NFL Playoffs.
And he has some style too:
So yeah, Kaepernick had quite a year.