After coming within three points of winning Super Bowl XLVIII, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick spent a portion of his off-season looking to improve on his play. Despite rushing for 415 yards on 63 attempts last season, Kaepernick chose to work on his speed this off-season. According to Peter King of TheMMQB.com, Kaepernick worked with track and field Olympians including Dwight Phillips who won gold for the long jump in 2004.
According to Kaepernick, he trained so hard hoping to stay ahead of the competition.
“I trained with a few Olympic runners and jumpers,” Kaepernick said. “Just to try to get a little bit faster, a little bit better. Anything I could do to try to get a little bit better and stay ahead of the competition. I think the biggest thing was the form of running and how to be more efficient when I run. I feel like that has helped me to this point, and it’s something I’m trying to improve on more and more, but I think those few weeks with them were very valuable.”
Kaepernick added that working with Olympians taught him a lot about running because they consider things a football player wouldn’t when it comes to running.
“There are a lot of details to running that I never even thought about,” Kaepernick said. “I just went out and ran. I think I can be faster. I think I can be quicker.”
While Kaepernick is not facing any competition for his job on his own team, he is still facing competition in the NFC.
If training helped Kaepernick improve on his running, his passing game should improve as well.
If the 49ers and Kaepernick win the 2014 Super Bowl, I would bet a lot more football players are going to be training with Olympians in 2014.