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49ers' Colin Kaepernick picked pro football over pitching

  • San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) practices at an NFL football training facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. The 49ers are scheduled to play the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SANTA CLARA — 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 fierce 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. Now, he's headed to the Super Bowl to lead the San Francisco 49ers against Baltimore on Feb. 3.

Hughes, the longtime national cross-checker in the Cubs' scouting department, and several others, including then-general manager Jim Hendry, figured they should give it a shot and hope Kaepernick might reconsider.

"Yeah, that wasn't happening," Kaepernick said with a smile Wednesday, shaking his head.


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