San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will join some elite company when he steps under the bright lights of the Superdome on Sunday to take on the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.
The Nevada product will have been on this Earth for exactly 25 years and 91 days on Sunday, 3 February when he takes his first Super Bowl snap and will become the sixth-youngest QB to ever play in football’s big game.
Here’s a look at the five QBs ahead of Kaepernick on the list and how they performed in their respective Super Bowl debuts as youngsters. While none of the previous QBs set the world on fire, some did walk away as Champions in their first appearances.
1) Dan Marino – 23 years 127 days
Marino and the Dolphins squared off against the San Francisco 49ers and Joe Montana in Super Bowl XIX. The Dolphins, who had 74 rushing attempts in the previous two weeks, ran the ball only eight times in this game. Marino finished with 29 completions out of 50 attempts for 318 yards, throwing one touchdown pass and two picks. The Dolphins fell 38-16 in what was Marino’s only Super Bowl appearance.
2) Ben Roethlisberger – 23 years 340 days
The Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl XL 21-10 over the Seattle Seahawks on February 5, 2006. But Roethlisberger had one of the worst passing games of his career, completing just nine of 21 passes for 123 yards and two interceptions. His atrocious passer rating of 22.6 was the lowest in Super Bowl history by a winning quarterback. Roethlisberger became the youngest quarterback to win the Super Bowl, a record previously held by New England’s Tom Brady.
3) David Woodley – 24 years 97 days
The Dolphins had a tough matchup against the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVII. At the time, Woodley was the youngest Super Bowl starting quarterback in NFL history when he took the field. Despite starting the game well with a 76-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Cefalo, Woodley and the entire offense struggled after that, going 0-for-8 passing in the second half. The Redskins won 27-17.
4) Tom Brady – 24 years 184 days
The Patriots were listed by Las Vegas oddsmakers as 14-point underdogs against the NFC champion St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. Brady was named MVP in the 20-17 Patriots victory while throwing for 145 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions, becoming the then-youngest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl.
5) Drew Bledsoe – 24 years 347 days
Bledsoe led the Patriots to Super Bowl XXXI, where they lost to the Green Bay Packers by a score of 35-21. Bledsoe completed 25 of 48 passes for 253 yards, with two touchdowns and four interceptions in the loss.