Posted at: 06/18/2013 4:59 PM
Updated at: 06/18/2013 6:32 PM
By: Robin DeWind
It's a big night for local sports.
The 64th annual "Rochester Press-Radio Club Day of Champions" dinner is Tuesday night at the Riverside Convention Center.
News10NBC talked with the event's headliner, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick, who through ability and drive almost netted the 49ers it's sixth Super Bowl title, is in Rochester Tuesday night. He took over the starting job last season in week 11, catching teams off-guard. He had 15 touchdowns, ran for 415 yards and rose to fourth among all quarterbacks.
It was quite a start for what was essentially his rookie campaign, but Tuesday he's in town helping to raise money for local children's charities. He says he tries not to look back on the Super Bowl and his only focus now is how to improve and bring home a championship.
“That's not something I really worry too muchabout. I just try to make sure that every day I'm getting better, making sure I'm working on something to improve my game so the next time I step on the field I'm better than I was the time before. I'm trying to get better at every detail of my game, from throwing to running to being stronger to being mentally quicker. Anything I can do to get our team better, I'm trying to work on,” said Kaepernick.
Buffalo Bills rookie safety Duke Williams, who was Kaepernick's college teammate at the University of Nevada, is representing the Bills Tuesday night along with Buffalo Sabres player Marcus Foligno, who will also be at the awards dinner.
The "Day of Champions" dinner has donated more than $1-million to Rochester charities.