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Packers tight end Jermichael Finley spikes first pitch attempt in Milwaukee

Mark Townsend
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Colin Kaepernick is an NFL quarterback who was once drafted by the Chicago Cubs as a legitimate pitching prospect. That would help explain why his first pitch at a San Francisco Giants games back in June was pretty awesome.

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, on the other hand, catches football for a living and wasn't drafted by a Major League Baseball team. As evidenced by his own first pitch attempt at Miller Park in Milwaukee on Friday night, there's a good reason for both .

The attempt was, well, awful. Though if you look at it from a football perspective, it looked like Finley was in mid-season form celebrating a nifty 10-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers.


I think the reaction of No. 84, fellow Packers tight end D.J. Williams, says it all. That's Williams standing at second base by the way. Why he's standing there, I'm not sure, but he had as good a look at that as anybody. And to be perfectly honest, just about everything looked good — his form, the windup, the follow through, and even the velocity — but Finley will want to focus on his release point if he's ever asked to throw another first pitch.

So here's the bad news for Jermichael Finley. Baseball won't be a good fallback career choice should he need one.

The good news? He won't need one. Everyone seems to be in agreement that he's having a terrific camp for Green Bay and seems poised for a bounce back season on the gridiron. That's music to Packers' fans' ears, and it may be good news for fantasy owners if they're able to snag him at a reasonable position in their draft.

You can see where our experts rank him right here.

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