Colin Kaepernick picked pro football over pitching

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 23, 2013
Chicago Cubs scout Sam Hughes watches Colin Kaepernick nowadays and still wonders what the strong-armed NFL quarterback might look like on a pitching mound, as a power arm in the pros. It's hard not to, seeing the zip and accuracy on each throw, the competitive fire and focus. The Cubs never even watched Kaepernick throw a baseball before drafting him in the 43rd round almost four years ago. They did watch him throw a football for Nevada, and decided that college game told them more than enough. Ultimately, the Cubs just couldn't lure Kaepernick away from his first love: football. Hughes, the longtime national cross-checker in the Cubs' scouting department, and others, including then-general manager Jim Hendry, figured: Why not hope Kaepernick might reconsider. --- Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL
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