Jun 21, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick acknowledges the crowd prior to throwing out the first pitch before the start of the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Miami Marlins at AT

Colin Kaepernick Throws 87 MPH First Pitch Before San Francisco Giants Game (Video)

We’ve seen San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick throw darts on the football field, but he can do the same on a baseball diamond.

The up-and-coming star threw out the first pitch before the San Francisco Giants took on the Miami Marlins at AT&T Park on Friday night, and here’s the footage:

The radar gun clocked the pitch at 87 miles per hour, which is about the same velocity that Barry Zito has on his fastball (I may not even be kidding).

It turns out that Kaepernick did have an interest in baseball, and was even drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2009.

“I looked at his arm action in a number of [football] games and talked to people who saw him play baseball in high school,” said Sam Hughes, the Cubs’ scout who looked at Kaepernick. “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 is leading one of the top franchises in the NFL instead of toiling around in the minor leagues.


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