San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is fast. He holds the record from most rushing yards in a game for a quarterback with 181 against the Green Bay Packers. Kaepernick spent his offseason working with track and field athletes including 2004 Olympic gold medalist Dwight Phillips.
“I trained with a few Olympic runners and jumpers,” Kaepernick said, via Peter King of TheMMQB.com. “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.”
Because Olympians focus on just running, they’re able to highlight the details that make runners efficient and faster that football players are too busy to zero in on.
“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.”