Here is the opening of my Tuesday column about Colin Kaepernick, new model quarterback:

SANTA CLARA

One of my Sunday pleasures is watching Colin Kaepernick warm up before games.

I sit in the press box at home or on the road waiting for him to appear, usually two hours before the game. He comes out in shorts and a sweatshirt, comes out when the field is deserted except for the practice-squad guys, and he goes through a long, involved routine.

He is an athlete getting his body ready. I am not saying he is a quarterback getting his body ready. “Athlete” is the operative word.

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