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Jeff Hostetler

Colin Kaepernick wasn't the 49ers' starting quarterback on opening day, but now he's engineered his team to the biggest stage in professional sports.

Kaepernick was named the team's starter after incumbent Alex Smith was concussed halfway through the season. In his first career start, the second-year signal-caller out of Nevada rejuvenated the Niners' offense, and the former second-round selection played well enough to earn the starting job.

And it's a story that's all too familiar.

Tags: Alex Smith, colin kaepernick, Jeff Hostetler, New York Giants, Phil Simms
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