As Media day continues, so does the intriguing interviews. As San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was about to take a team picture, former 49ers cornerback turned NFL analyst Deion Sanders, pulled him aside for a quick one-on-one session.
He asked if he had spoken to either 49er greats Steve Young and Joe Montana in regards to handling the Super Bowl, and Kaepernick responded saying:
Yes. Steve Young gave me two words that he thought about, when he thought about the Super Bowl, and he said, humility and fierce. And I mean, those are two things that kind of resonate with me.
Those are words of wisdom coming from a three-time Super Bowl Champion. Young, who is of Mormon faith, and the great-great-great grandson of BYU, is as humble as they come. Rarely does he wear the designer suits or flashy jewelry; instead Young tries to dress as casual as possible, often seen wearing a blazer and blue jeans.
He wasn’t boastful nor cocky during his playing days, just a confident player that let his game do the talking. Those are words in which he related to Kaepernick, as he prepares for the game of his life. The ability to stay humble and not let the fame go to his head- “humility.”
The second word in which Young emphasized to Kaep was “fierce.” In Young’s only Super Bowl appearance as a starter, he set an NFL record with six touchdown passes against the San Diego Chargers during Super Bowl XXIX, while being named Super Bowl MVP. He was in full attack mode and never looked back, and that is how Kaep should consider playing on Sunday.
With the Super Bowl only five days away, everyone is waiting to see how Kaep will handle the pressure. And as Kaepernick likes to say, “pressure only comes from lack of preparation.”