The Chicago Cubs did everything they could to talk Colin Kaepernick into playing baseball in 2009, but the then-University of Nevada quarterback had a different dream that he wasn't ready to relinquish.

Despite being drafted by the Cubs in the 43rd round of the '09 amateur draft, Kaepernick wanted to be an NFL quarterback. And as he prepares to lead the San Francisco 49ers into Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens, it's obvious he made the right choice.

Kaepernick was an all-state baseball player in California, a right-handed pitcher who reportedly had thrown his fastball over 90 mph on occasion. He passed on baseball scholarships to play football in college, yet the Cubs still saw enough.

"I looked at his arm action in a number of [football] games and talked to people who saw him play baseball in high school," Cubs crosschecker Sam Hughes said Wednesday. "The way he competed as the Reno quarterback and his athleticism led us to the belief he could be a good professional pitcher."