SANTA CLARA -- It would be easy for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to share with the world, while everyone is listening, how he discovered quarterback Colin Kaepernick, how he is the one that first gleaned Kaepernick's ability to succeed in the NFL.
Yet, Harbaugh is content deflecting attention and letting his players bathe in the spotlight in the run up to the Super Bowl.
"Now is not really time for all that kind of talk because, all those questions, all those answers, are going to lead to a lot of self promotion and somebody trying to take credit," Harbaugh said Friday.
Harbaugh worked out Kaepernick before the 2011 NFL draft and played a key role in the 49ers trading up so that they could select Kaepernick
The 49ers landed Kaepernick early in the second round, long after the league's 31 other teams passed on a chance at taking the record-setting quarterback from Nevada-Reno.
Rather than take credit for seeing something others didn't, Harbaugh wants Kaepernick to receive the lion's share of the attention for how he has played and how he has comported himself in a tough situation after replacing starter Alex Smith nine games into this season.
"The one that has the greatest share of that is Colin Kaepernick, what he's accomplished, what he's done," Harbaugh said. "We're so happy for his success and the kind of young man that his parents raised, his family, his hometown, his high school coaches, his college
Harbaugh didn't stop there. It seems as if he is hell-bent upon making sure everyone but he gets credit for Kaepernick's meteoric rise to stardom.
"And his teammates who have done so much for him," Harbaugh said. "They're the ones who protect him, they're the ones who catch the balls, the defense that gets the ball back for him. Those kinds of things. So, I would rather take a pass on some of those other questions."