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September 5, 2013
Oh Kaptain, my Kaptain: 49ers vote for team captains

Colin Kaepernick not only took over Alex Smith's starting job. Now he takes over Smith's team captaincy.

On the 49ers, team captain is a two-year term. Smith was elected captain last year along with Justin Smith. Smith, of course, is now with the Chiefs, meaning his spot was vacant. So the 49ers elected Kaepernick to that spot while also voting in Patrick Willis and, for this week at least, C.J. Spillman as the special teams captain.

Willis and Frank Gore were elected team captains in 2011.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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