Re: "There's greatness in you, but there's not an ounce of humility"
Picard was only 27 or 28 when his act of bravery was rewarded with the command of the Stargazer.
But Picard was at least a Lieutenant Commander already, when that happened. He skipped one less rank than Kirk.
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