SANTA CLARA -- Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, currently an analyst on ESPN, interviewed 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick this week.
Along the way, Young offered some advice.
"Just keep going," Kaepernick said Thursday, likely paring down Young's message for optimum brevity. The 49ers are 7-2 in Kaepernick's starts this season.
At the midpoint of the season, Kaepernick was a somewhat obscure backup quarterback on a team that featured one of the top-rated passers in the league.
Today, he is one of two players in the NFL who still has a chance this season to add "Super Bowl-winning quarterback" to his resume.
How has he handled his sudden rise to fame?
"I just try to keep my head down, keep working and not worry about anything else," Kaepernick said.
While at Nevada, Kaepernick got a tattoo that reads, "My gift is my curse." He said he believes that inscription is particularly appropriate and meaningful now as the 49ers prepare for Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens on Feb. 3.
Kaepernick has nine career NFL starts, the third-fewest by any quarterback entering the Super Bowl in history. Only Jeff Hostetler (6, New York Giants) and Vince Ferragamo (7, Los Angeles Rams) had few starts before a Super Bowl.
"Being an NFL quarterback, there's a lot of advantages that come with it," Kaepernick said. "There are a lot of doors that open when you're a quarterback, but at the same time you're under a lot of scrutiny. There are a lot of things you can't do as well."