Over the next two Sundays, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will face two of the teams that drafted quarterbacks in 2011 not named Colin Kaepernick.
The Titans had Kaepernick in for a visit before the draft, and Kaepernick thought they wanted him. They may have, but they wanted Locker more.
“It’s something I definitely haven’t forgotten,” Kaepernick said this week, via the Associated Press. “I thought I was someone they were interested in. Whether it was then or later, I didn’t know, but it’s in the past now.”
Yes, it’s in the past. But Kaepernick said he hasn’t forgotten about it. Which means he’s found a far more conventional source of motivation than, you know, Twitter.
The 49ers also should find a little extra motivation from the fact that Sunday’s game will be their first collective crack at a defense orchestrated by the man who cartoonishly implored the Saints to try to injure multiple members of the 49ers offense the night before a January 2012 playoff game.