Former Wolf Pack star Colin Kaepernick has been selected as the Hickok Belt Award winner for the month of January 2013.
The 49ers quarterback was selected by voting from a panel of members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA).
It was based on his performance in the NFL playoffs, which included wins over the Packers in the divisional round and the Falcons in the NFC championship game.
Kaepernick passed for 496 yards passing and three touchdowns combined in those two wins. He also ran for an NFL record 181 yards and two TDs in the victory over Green Bay. It's the most rushing yards ever by an NFL quarterback.
Here's more on his selection from the Hickok Belt Press Release:
Other finalists for the month of January, in order of how the NSSA voters ranked them, were: Joe Flacco (football), Novak Djokovic (tennis), Tiger Woods (golf), LeBron James (basketball), Carmelo Anthony (basketball), Victoria Azarenka (tennis), Marcel Hirscher (skiing), Tina Maze (skiing) and Parker Boh (bowling).
Kaepernick's selection as the Hickok Belt Award winner for January 2013 not only recognizes him as "the best of the best" in professional sports for the month, it also makes him the first candidate eligible to receive the 2013 overall award. He will be joined by other finalists throughout the year based on NSSA voting.
Meanwhile, details for the award ceremony to announce the overall 2012 Hickok Belt Award winner -- the first winner in over 36 years -- are being planned and event details will be announced in the coming weeks. Finalists for the 2012 award include: Eli Manning, Jeremy Lin, Lindsey Vonn, Bubba Watson, Josh Hamilton, LeBron James, Usain Bolt, Pablo Sandoval, Brad Keselowski, Adrian Peterson and two-time monthly award winner Serena Williams.
To learn more about the Hickok Belt Award, its rich history and all the 2012 finalists, please visit www.HickokBelt.com.