Kaepernick voted one of 49ers' four captains

Harbaugh names 49ers captains

Kaepernick voted one of 49ers' four captains
September 6, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Colin Kaepernick will join Patrick Willis, Justin Smith and a rotating special teams player as the 49ers' four captains. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SANTA CLARA -- In his first season as the full-time starter, quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be a 49ers captain.

Coach Jim Harbaugh announced Kaepernick was chosen by his teammates to an official leadership role, along with defensive mainstays Patrick Willis and Justin Smith.

"There were a lot ofgood candidates, and that was reflected in the vote," Harbaugh said. "Frank Gore was an alternate and (NaVorro Bowman) was the second vote-getter on defense."

Kaepernick's inclusion as a captain shows the kind of credibility the third-year player has garnered in just 10 NFL starts.

"His leadership skills and his work ethic are plus-plus," Harbaugh said.

Like a year ago, the 49ers' special teams captain will be on a rotating weekly basis, Harbaugh said.