Every time Kordell Stewart sees Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers, he puffs his chest out just a little bit.
After starting the last seven regular-season games when he took over for Alex Smith, Kaepernick has won two playoff games to lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years. They play the Ravens on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.
“You have quarterbacks 6-4, 6-5 running the same way I did,” said Stewart, who is a shade under 6-2 and now co-hosts an afternoon talk radio show –- The Game on 92.9 FM -- in Atlanta. “Until you see it up close, that type of speed, you don’t know what you’re walking into. He’s one of these skateboard-type kids who don’t have the mind-set of being consumed of what just happened. Let me go jump on this railing one more time and bust my butt because I’m going to get it right. It’s like he’s that new era.”
An NFL quarterback who can run and throw the deep ball? When Stewart was a second-round draft pick in 1995 by the Pittsburgh Steelers, he had to be one or the other. He couldn't be both.