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Colin Kaepernick, who the Sporting News called "the NFL's most promising young quarterback," will be the featured speaker at the Rochester Press-Radio Club's Day of Champions Children's Charity Dinner on June 18 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
Kaepernick, 25, who became San Francisco's starting quarterback on Nov. 19 and led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl appearance in 18 years, will receive the Coca-Cola Sports Personality of the Year Award.
"Colin had a breakout season this season and is regarded as one of the NFL's brightest young stars," Press-Radio Club vice president and dinner co-chair Mike Kauffman said in a statement. "We are honored to recognize Colin for his outstanding season, and to honor many local award winners who have excelled in athletics and community service in our area."
Kaepernick took the NFL by storm after 49ers starter Alex Smith suffered a concussion in Week 10 and kept the starting position even after Smith was cleared to return. He completed 136 of 218 passes for 1,814 yards and 10 touchdowns and ran for 415 yards and five touchdowns during the regular season.
Kaepernick then set an NFL record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 181 and two touchdowns in the 49ers playoff win over Green Bay. He passed for 302 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 62 yards and another score while nearly leading the 49ers back from a 22-point deficit against Baltimore in the Super Bowl. The Ravens held on for a 34-31 win on Feb. 3.
Kaepernick joins the likes of Eli and Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Cal Ripken Jr. and Arnold Palmer as past featured guests. Since its inception in 1949, the Press-Radio Club has donated more than $1 million to charities in Rochester.