Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 4/29/12
During his days at Denver Christian High School, Kirk Nieuwenhuis was a pretty good pitcher on the school's baseball team. But Nieuwenhuis' stardom came on the football field, where he ran for 268 yards and earned MVP honors in the Class 2A title game his junior year. He was recruited by a host of major colleges, including the University of Colorado, where he made his visit for the Nebraska game, and his life plan suffered a severe jolt. "There was a guy standing near me and I'm thinking, 'Man he is big,'" Nieuwenhuis said. "Five minutes later, he is kicking a field goal. I was thinking, 'That guy is a kicker and he's that big? What am I getting myself into?'" So while Colorado kicker Mason Crosby was going on to an NFL career with the Green Bay Packers, Nieuwenhuis turned his attention to baseball, a career decision that has worked out well. From Denver Christian High School, he matriculated to Azusa Pacific University, where the Christian affiliation of the school was as impor...
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