Originally written January 25, 2013 on Football Nation:
It’s the biggest game of Colin Kaepernick’s career; the stadium is packed as every eye refuses to blink out of fear they may miss something.The attention of every man, woman, child and hovering seagull is focused squarely on his right arm for one pressure-packed throw.Kaepernick takes the ball, ***** his arm back and fires. The ball spins and the laces whistle against the air as he throws a perfect strike to… home plate?It may sound crazy, but this is a fairy tale that actually had a chance of coming true.While by now everyone knows about Colin Kaepernick coming out of nowhere to lead the San Francisco 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII, what may surprise many to learn is that Kaepernick was actually drafted to be a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs in 2009.Sam Hughes, a former cross-checker in the Cubs’ amateur scouting department, thought he had found a diamond in the rough when he came across Kaepernick. "I looked at his arm action in a number of [football] games and talked to people who ...
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