Jim Harbaugh, Andrew Luck and Colin Kaepernick: How it all worked out for the San Francisco 49ers

Harry How

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has made a bang in the NFL. We discuss how he was personally endorsed by 2012 No. 1 overall pick, Andrew Luck.

A couple days ago, I published an article featuring a video of Jack Harbaugh, father of San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. It was an excerpt taken from an HBO's Real Sports, where Jack detailed a phone conversation with Jim, and his top secret plans to select Colin Kaepernick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Given how the quarterback position played out in 2012, people have been digging back to the draft -- it seems like an appropriate place to start. Frankly, a lot of folks want to know where Kaepernick came from. After all, there were five QBs taken ahead of him. So what did Harbaugh see that everyone else missed?

Let's just say he had Luck on his side.

I came across some more interesting info from Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated.

Back when Harbaugh coached Stanford, his star quarterback, Andrew Luck, attended the Manning Passing Academy. When Luck returned to Palo Alto, Harbaugh quizzed him on the other quarterbacks at the camp. Luck told his coach that he really hit it off with the kid from Nevada, Colin Kaepernick. Since Harbaugh views Luck as the epitome of all that is right with humanity -- he has called him "perfect" -- the endorsement stuck with him.

By the 2011 draft, Harbaugh was a rookie NFL head coach and Kaepernick was a talented prospect, but there were serious questions about how he would do in the NFL.

This was released before the Niners faced off against the Packers. Its an engaging read if you have the time.

It's always been interesting that a known quarterback guru and one of the most hyped incoming NFL coaches selected a passer with his second draft pick. It was one of his first moves as the new architect of the 49ers. Harbaugh had a history with molding quarterbacks, and one of San Francisco's biggest issues over the past decade at been at that particular position.

And then on draft day, the 49ers traded up to the 36th overall pick to get one.

It's even more interesting that Harbaugh's former protege endorsed his successor. Andrew Luck is quite the quarterback, as we've witnessed. He knows what he is capable of and he knows a fellow competitor when he sees one. He must've really seen something at Manning's Academy when he came across Colin Kaepernick.

And not to drag on, but based on what we saw this past season, Luck and Kaepernick might be two of the best for the next decade -- long after Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees have retired. So, like Jim Harbaugh said after acknowledging he was Ray Lewis' first career sack, "my legend grows."

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