There Always Has To Be More Than A Quarterback

They are two men in the limelight this week, set to perform on the highest platform of their profession. Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco are not the best quarterbacks in the league, or even their conferences. They are not the best players on their respective teams.

However, on Sunday they will be the most important quarterbacks in the National Football League. It’s the Super Bowl and it’s darn near impossible for a team to win a championship game without at least a good performance by the triggerman in their offense. The pressure sits on each man’s shoulder, ready to make him or break him.

Take note Chiefs fans, followers of the team with the first selection of the 2013 NFL Draft – many of you desperately want your team to use that choice on a quarterback. With this thinking the name is not really important; he just needs to be the quarterback this franchise has longed for since Lenny the Cool rode off into the television sunset.

But understand that the quarterbacks that have helped lead their teams into the 47th game they call super were not the first player selected coming out of college. They weren’t even top shelf players coming out of high school. Flacco could not beat out Tyler Palko for the starting job at the University of Pittsburgh; that’s why he transferred to Delaware. Kaepernick couldn’t get a major program to give him a scholarship and it appeared his professional future might be in baseball. But the University of Nevada came through and he ended up in Reno.

Flacco was not the No. 1 choice in his draft; he was taken with pick No. 18. Kaepernick was not the first selection of his draft; he was grabbed by the 49ers in the second round with overall choice No. 36. …Read More!

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Items of Note

New Orleans – Both San Francisco and Baltimore practiced indoors on Thursday. All Ravens players took part, while the 49ers still had LBs Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith limited because of shoulder injuries.

Green Bay – wide receiver Donald Driver announced his retirement on Thursday. The soon to be 38-year old played 14 seasons with Packers after being a seventh round choice of the team in 1999. Driver caught 743 passes for 10,137 yards (both franchise records) and 61 touchdown catches.

Atlanta – Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is trying to convince TE Tony Gonzalez to play in 2013. Gonzalez said after Atlanta was eliminated from the playoffs that he was retiring. “A guy who is 36 catching 100-plus ball, it just doesn’t seem like it’s time for him to move on,” Dimitroff said. “He knows that he still has fuel in the tank and it’s very legitimate fuel.” …Read More!

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