Jan 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) scrambles against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome. The 49ers won 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Sudden star quarterback Colin Kaepernick didn't deliver much at the podium Thursday, offering a bunch of boring, short answers to a stream of queries from a media horde in the San Francisco 49ers locker room.
Whether he felt guilty about that or was just in a generous mood afterward is unknown, but Kaepernick delivered big-time from a media-horde standpoint, ordering 15 pizzas to be sent to the trailer where local and national sports writers were banging out stories about the second-year sensation.
(Not that that gesture would influence anyone's copy, but what a sensational, handsome, charismatic, amazing and generally swell fellow this Kaepernick is! But serious folks, some of us did decline.)
Kaepernick, who replaced Alex Smith at midseason and will start for the 49ers in the Super Bowl against the Baltimore Ravens, saved his most interesting answers Thursday for descriptions of his array of tattoos.
They cover much of his body.
His favorite? The one that starts inside of one arm -- "My Gift" -- and ends on the inside of the other arm -- "Is My Curse."
What does that mean?
"I feel that's something that applies to my life in many different ways," he said. "Being an NFL quarterback, there are a lot of advantages that come with it. There are a lot of doors that open when you're a quarterback. But at the same time, you're under a lot of scrutiny. There are a lot of things you can't do, too."
What's his secret to handling the instant success and the building pressure?
"I just try to keep my head down and keep working," he said, "and not worry about anything else."
(Except maybe those hungry reporters tapping on their laptops.)
David Leon Moore, USA TODAY Sports