By now, you may know that Colin Kaepernick was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2009, but chose to continue playing football in college instead.
Now, a Cubs’ scout reveals the process of picking the future NFL superstar in the 43rd round of the amateur draft.
“I looked at his arm action in a number of [football] games and talked to people who saw him play baseball in high school,” Sam Hughes, the scout, told ESPN. “The way he competed as the Reno quarterback and his athleticism led us to the belief he could be a good professional pitcher.”
The Cubs pictured that Kaepernick could be like Jeff Samardzija, who was an All-American wide receiver at Notre Dame. Samardzija is now in their starting rotation.
However, Kaepernick had other ideas, saying that he had a vision of playing in the NFL.
“We would have waited for him to finish college and also would have paid for the rest of his education, ” Hughes continued. “He was very direct and honest about his goal of becoming an NFL quarterback.
Fortunately, Kaepernick made the right choice, and four years later, he’s one game away from leading the San Francisco 49ers to their sixth Super Bowl in franchise history.
As for the Cubs, I came across this comment from a Chicago fan below the ESPN article and he can pretty much sum this entire situation up:
If the Cubs got him, the Bears would have made the playoffs and beat Alex Smith and the 49ers. The Cubs: Not doing anything good for Chicago since 1908.