Colin Kaepernick is known around the NFL for being an athletic specimen. Never before have we seen a quarterback quite like No. 7. He possesses a mix of size, strength and speed that’s nearly indefensible at times. So yeah, he makes for a really good modern day NFL QB – but could he have had another career as a professional athlete? After watching him blow up the radar gun on a ceremonious first pitch the other night, there’s no doubt that’s the case.
It turns out that Kaepernick was actually selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 43rd round of the 2009 draft. Kaepernick elected not to sign with the team, and instead he pursued his true passion at the University of Nevada.
But upon looking into his baseball past, it seems that he once dominated in high school on the diamond, as much as he does on Sundays now. During his senior season, Kaepernick recorded an 11-2 record, while posting a 1.26 ERA. He reportedly threw in the low 90′s, so this 87 mph first pitch wasn’t far off his normal speed.
Obviously going in the 43rd round speaks volumes about his projected MLB value, but a lot of teams overlooked him in the NFL draft too. Who knows what would have become of Kaep the baseball player?
As far as the heater he threw for the first pitch – who does that? I don’t mean that in a bad way, either. It was yet another example of just how ridiculous of an athlete this guy really is.
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