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NFL star lauds Tottenham: 'Amazing footwork… but no hand skills!'

San Francisco 49ers face Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, but met with Tottenham Hotspur in an exchange of sporting and athletic drills.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Tottenham Hotspur centre back Jan Verthonghen traded sports and positions this week and, while the NFL athletes were intrigued at the lesser builds of the Premier League footballers, they were impressed with the elegance and footwork bragged by the Spurs sportsmen.

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The 49ers, five-time winners of the Super Bowl, are in London because of an NFL International Series commitment to tussle with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, October 27.

Kaepernick, a 6ft 5in American who weighs 16 stones and seven pounds, can run a 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds. He is quoted by Goal to have said earlier this week: 'It’s very interesting to meet the Tottenham players. [The way they] are built and how they move is a lot different to us. We are strong and powerful, they are very smooth with everything they do… their footwork is amazing.'

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The ability to throw is a natural movement for a quarterback, however, Kaepernick alluded to how alien it would be for him to pass the ball with his boot, rather than his hand. He also mentioned that he linked up with Vertonghen who was also out of his comfort zone when tasked with throwing a ball rather than kicking it.

'I was over there with a guy called Jan,' said Kaepernick. 'He was trying to throw a football and he didn’t look like he knew how to use his hands and whatnot. Then you watch him kick and it’s so natural - and it’s vice versa with us.

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