Kaepernick doesn’t think God playing favorites in Super Bowl

January 29, 2013 | WNST Staff

QUARTERBACK COLIN KAEPERNICK

(on his faith) “It’s played a huge role. My faith is something that I lean on every day just to make sure I’m doing the right thing.”

 

(on whether he reads different Bible verses before every game) “I always pray before every game, just thanking the Lord that he woke me up this morning and gave me this opportunity to step on the field.”

 

(on Coach Harbaugh) “He’s been great. He led his team to the Super Bowl. You can’t say enough about him.”

 

(on if he were facing his brother in the Super Bowl) “I would play to win.”

 

(on whether he would use any trickery to beat his brother) “No, I would blow him out.”

 

(on the Ravens game plan to stop the 49ers offense) “Coordinators are always going to figure out different ways to stop different offenses, It’s just another offense that they are going to try and stop.”

 

(on whether he will stay in the pocket more against the Ravens to avoid injury) “If I was worried about my health I wouldn’t be playing football.”

 

(on what makes the read-option so effective) “It makes it 11-on-11 football. You’re actually blocking the defender by reading him.”

 

(on how his faith helps him stay calm during games) “He is always someone I lean on. My faith is something that always keeps my feet on the ground and makes me level-headed.”

 

(on what is necessary for a quarterback to be effective in a read-option) “You need to be able to run and you need to be able to read the defense.”

 

(on how he sees the recent health issues of former players affecting the future of the game) “I’m not sure. That’s really not for me to have a perspective on. I’m just playing today.”

 

(on how his ability to run affects the passing game) “It freezes them a little bit. It gives you a little bit more time. If it’s just a split second, that’s an advantage for the offense.”

 

(on his first NFL start) “It’s always great to get a win, especially in your first start. It was a big stage and that always helps.”

 

(on how he dealt with his first NFL start) “I was very confident.”

 

(on whether he has any new tattoos) “No, I haven’t gotten any new ones. The first one I got was Psalm 18:39, a scroll on my right shoulder.”

 

(on Psalm 18:39) “The verse says, ‘You arm me with strength for battle. You make my adversaries bow at my feet.’ Basically it’s saying that the Lord has given me all the tools to be successful, I just have to go out there and do my part to uphold that.”

 

(on whether he will get any new tattoos) “I have some in the works.”

 

(on the opportunity for an increase in non-traditional quarterbacks) “It just opens the door for athletic quarterbacks to come in and try to make plays.”

 

(on how he stays so calm) “For me, it’s just staying focused on what we’re trying to get done. It’s great to have all these cameras and people here, but we’re here to win a game.”

 

(on whether he thought he would ever play in a Super Bowl) “I dreamed about it.”

 

(on Alex Smith) “Alex (Smith) has been great. He has done everything he can to help me and help this team. To have a veteran quarterback like that on your side, making sure you’re seeing the field well, is always great.”

 

(on the success of the team) “I don’t think it comes easily, but it’s been a lot of hard work, by a lot of my teammates and coaches. Everything has been going well for us.”

 

(on whether he feels pressure playing in the Super Bowl for the first time) “Just because you’re in a situation you haven’t been in before doesn’t mean you have to feel pressure from it.”

 

(on how the read-option now differs from when he ran it in college) “We ran it exclusively in college and here, it’s just bits and pieces of our offense.”

 

(on the Ravens defense) “They’re very physical. They’re a veteran group and have a lot of experience. They do a lot of great things on that side of the ball.”

 

(on some players that have inspired him) “Growing up, Reggie White was someone I always watched, being a Packers fan. Just the way he played the game and handled himself. He was phenomenal.”

 

(on how he is handling his new popularity) “Three months ago I could go anywhere, now it’s a little bit harder.”

 

(on the team’s preparation for the Super Bowl) “Our team is very confident. We put in a lot of hard work. We want to make sure we’re ready for it.”

 

(on whether he is a fan of Ray Lewis) “(I’m a) big fan of Ray Lewis. The intensity he plays the game with and the passion he passion he plays with, I think it’s something every football player likes.”

 

(on Head Coach Jim Harbaugh) “Coach Harbaugh is a great guy. He has done a great job with this team and hopefully we can get this win for him.”

 

(on the effect reading his bible has on him) “It helps me every day.”

 

(on who God is rooting for) “I think God watches over everybody. I don’t think he’s cheering for one team or another. I think he’s helping everybody, just trying to keep everybody safe. He has a plan for everyone.”

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