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Morning Tailgate: Kaepernick on Meeting Montana

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Colin Kaepernick talked about the challenge of living up to the job title -- 49ers starting quarterback -- that the likes of Joe Montana have held.

Being the 49ers quarterback is sort of like being Apple's next CEO.

Predecessors create pressure.

But this isn’t how Colin Kaepernick looks at it.

“It’s a great honor. There are very high expecations, there’s great tradition,” Kaepernick said Wednesday shortly before his first London practice. “You have a lot of great things to look up to and to try to accomplish to become one of the elite quarterbacks that have been a part of this franchise.”

The lists, which includes Steve Young, starts with Joe Montana. Kaepernick met the latter at a card show last April.

“It was great. He was a very kind person, had a lot of good words for me,” Kaepernick said. “So it was something that I really took to heart when he was talking to me.”

As Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee wrote about on his blog, Montana was slated to host a “Quarterbacking 101” seminar on Thursday in London for 15 British collegian signal-callers.

Kaepernick will be practicing when Montana is instructing. San Francisco plays the Jacksonville Jaguars as part of the NFL International Series at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links, presented by State Farm.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com noted how many reinforcements San Francisco has coming.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com focused on Jim Harbaugh, the interviewer, not interviewee.

Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle quoted Roger Craig about Frank Gore.

Eric Branch of SFGate.com provided a practice report for the squad’s first London session.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News showed the fans’ support for the absent Aldon Smith.

Janie McCauley of the Associated Press wrote about the 49ers success on especially long road trips.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com pointed out how the team has helped lead the NFL’s international efforts.

 

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