Perhaps the best part of the NFL Draft is learning the stories behind all the prospects about to realize a lifelong dream.
We heard about Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt’s remarkable journey on PFT Live last week. On Monday’s show, Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick told a similarly amazing story of the road less traveled to the big stage.
In high school, Kaepernick played at a high school that used a wing-T offense. That type of attack doesn’t exactly highlight a quarterback’s skills, so scholarship offers were hard to find.
Nevada eventually showed interest, but they never even saw Kaepernick play in a high school football game. Instead, they watched Kaepernick play a basketball game through a nasty fever and offered him a scholarship based on his athletic ability alone.
Four years later, Kaepernick is the only player in NCAA history with 10,00o passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards. He’s looked at as a likely second round prospect.