Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/3/13
Colin Kaepernick, a name that caught the entire league off guard once he was named starter at the midpoint of the 2012 season.  Kaepernick, a man that set records in the NCAA that will not be broken in our lifetime, and a man that found himself with the right piece to fully utilize the Pistol offense he dominated with while at Nevada University.  He’s filled with religious tattoos and they seem to feed him strength and endurance on game day. Moreover, he’s fast (4.4 forty) and has a cannon arm that can get 60+ on it, and his accuracy is equally deadly.  But how exactly does he stand to compete against his opponents in this article?  Both are Super Bowl Champions, and had their hand in prior 49ers dynasty teams.  Can this kid from Nevada University surpass the marks dangling over his head?  Can he become the next, IF NOT, the greatest QB this franchise has ever seen?  Well, let the match begin... In this corner we have Steve Young, who steps into the ring with one Super Bowl win; we will get to that explanation with the next opponent.  Young, after Montana went down, became the starter and made a few playoffs stops before winning his first Super Bowl as a starter in 1994.  Flowing this accomplishment the 49ers started falling apart and Young eventually had to retire. Young took home some dedicated awards:  7 time Pro Bowl selection, Super Bowl XXIX MVP, UPI Offensive Player of the Year, to mention a few, but most impotently he has his jersey number retired.  His stats and accomplishment makes him a potential winner, but we have yet to look at the master of the game...  Joe Montana. Montana was the heart, soul and lifeblood of this team, taking the 49ers to four Super Bowl wins.  His franchise marks are said to be untouchable, 4x Super Bowl MVP, 8x pro bowl selection, 6x all-pro selection, numerous different comeback and player of the year awards.  Without any doubt, when you think of the 49ers the first name that come to mind is Joe Montana.  He was the man who molded a dynasty next to Bill Walsh. We know what his opponents have done and achieved, but the wild card here, is just how far and how much success will this kid from Nevada University gather during his days as the main feature at the helm of the 49ers offense.  He has led them to the Super Bowl and is intent on making his claim to 49ers history books, tying Young with 1 Super Bowl win (Montana started the other three, those don't count) will bring him one step closer, but his next journey is up Mt. Montana, which is safely protected by those four Super Bowl wins and the numerous awards. We all love Kaepernick, Montana, and Young, but in the end when Kaepernick's career comes to an end, will he approach the lofty expectations set by Montana?  He’s very young and in some ways still raw.  What do you think guys and gals, does this kid that set historic marks at Nevada University have a good chance at doing the same in the NFL and for the 49ers franchise? How do you rank it, what’s your feelings on it.  Joe Montana vs. Colin Kaepernick, vs. Steve Young, who wins and why?  Please place your feedback in the comments section under this article.  I look forward to reading everyone’s views and takes on it.
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