From the first day you were drafted at #1, I barked at you not being worthy in coming from a Urban Meyer offense at Utah that would never translate into a successful professional football. My screams only got louder once you started and the coaching wheel spinned around with changes. "Put in Hill..put in O'Sullivan...put in anybody but this wasted #1 pick" were the all too common shouts at the bar and every other place during games. As everyone watched on national TV when Coach Singletary embarrassed you on the sideline, we all shouted for David Carr. Another poor pass and we shouted for David Carr even louder. Now I look back at such a moment and wonder how you got through it.
Then came this supposed new start with a coach bringing incredible potential. He is from Stanford so the immediate thought is whether he can ultimately by some miracle deliver Luck. But surprisingly enough Coach says he believes in you and drafts Kaepernick in the 2nd round to someday possibly take over because his raw talent wont be ready for some time. So it was without hesitation the thought of turning things around with the new coach seemed unlikley because we were staying with #11 at QB.
As the season went on and the wins accumulated, the feeling still prevailed that no matter how many wins we get it just wouldn't matter because our QB is not ELITE and only ELITE QBs nowadays take their team to the Super Bowl. Sure there was Trent Dilfer as the game manager, but even that seemed unlikely. As I watched every game this year with others, whether in a Dwight Clark, Jerry Rice, Patrick Willis, Tom Rathman or even Jeff Garcia jersey...the response after the game was always that I sure wish we had a great QB because the rest of the Niner team is unlike any other one I've seen since I was in grade school back in the early 80's.
Then came this past weekend versus the Saints. Granted a somewhat sluggish 1st half for the offense and once again. the feeling was why the D always needs to carry the O even in the most crucial of times and games. Fast forward to that last 4 minutes. The first time down I had no confidence, but as we got closer and closer all the feelings I had harbored since 2005 started to suddenly dissipate. Then came the bootleg and ultimately the Catch III. Sure in that moment of jubilation all was forgotten. But it wasn't till the next couple days did I sit back and realize the type of heart our Niner QB keeps deep inside.
How many people in whatever they do could be beat down so hard by people so close (fans) and still stick it out by showing such guts like that . It is now that I realize how unfairly you were treated and that what we had in our QB was someone with heart that just needed some support and the right coach. While I am ashamed to say that several years ago I would have greeted you unkindly upon seeing you walk down the street. I am able to now see my error filled ways and If I were to see you now in the street, I would say to the kids around that this particular player on the Niners is one with tremendous heart that deserves praise from us fans.
Whether we win or lose on Sunday, and of course all hope in the world we win, I am am proud to say Alex that you are our QB. While you might not put up Brees or Rogers stats, there is something to say about a QB with the ability to persevere and gut it out in the most toughest of situations. The way you stuck it out when everybody torn you down and then you had the guts to put it all on the line to deliver the fans something they haven't seen in seems like forever...you my friend are a keeper. So forget all the other QBs in the league right now, because Alex this fan wants you to stay and will be screaming loud in support of you Sunday and for every and all future games as Niner QB. Glad that toast made at your house - "To Moving On" - really meant moving this Niner team in the positive direction starting this year!!!