49ers’ Colin Kaepernick praises QB Alex Smith for his success



On what the goals he expects to accomplish over the next seven years:

“Try to win as many Super Bowls as I can. I think that’s your goal as a player.”

On the Miami incident and if he felt at any time that would affect this deal: “Well that wasn’t something I was worried about…I think everyone is very happy that this organization, my coach, to Jed, to everyone throughout the building had the confidence to do it at this point in time. And I think we all greatly appreciate it.” On what he will do with his money: “I haven’t thought about it to much. But the first thing is to make sure that everyone in my family is set.”

On if he ever thought he would one of the highest paid players in the NFL:  “There have been too many people to help me get to this position. From the organization to my family, to coach Harbaugh, Shawn working on a new deal…even Alex Smith from the time I spent with him. I don’t think I would be at this point so quickly if he hadn’t been such a great mentor to me. I’m very grateful for my teammates as well.”



On what motivates him to be the player he is today:

On what he feels is his biggest obstacle to overcome (skill set)  in reaching the Super Bowl:

“I think it’s something you’re trying to work on all parts of your game, but as far as progressions, reads, making better decisions in certain situations. Those are always things you’re trying to improve. And I think you’re always trying to improve and in hindsight, “I shouldn’t have done this or could have done this.”

On if he will lavishly spend his money and buy stuff he wouldn’t have otherwise afford:

“Naw. Not at this point. I really don’t spend too much money. I think, the three most expensive things I own are my t.v., my bed, and my couch. I’m going to keep it that way for a while.”

On why he’s smiling more today than in previous years, particularly during the season:

“It’s not changed. To me it’s a different time, different place. The offseason we have an opportunity to talk and there’s nothing on the line. You say things that are information you could say that other teams might pick up on, that might hurt you on the field, might hurt you for the next game and to me, I’m not going to give that information away.”

On his demeanor during season interviews:

“It’s not nice or difficult Colin. It’s a short and sweet Colin.”

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