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A CARDINAL FOR ALL SEASONS
Chad Hutchinson Has What It Takes, Twice Over

By Jeff Brazil


Money, even when it comes in seven figures, can’t buy everything. Baseball’s Atlanta Braves organization learned as much when Chad Hutchinson, one of the nation’s best high school pitching prospects in 1995, turned down their $1.5 million offer to turn pro after high school. Chad had another idea: Become a starting pitcher and the starting quarterback for Stanford’s baseball and football teams.

Chad Hutchinson at practiceHutchinson at practice

And lest you think this was an easy decision for an 18-year-old guitar-strumming Southern California surfer ­ don’t. After a modest, make-ends-meet upbringing for five kids and their mom, Martha, a cool million-plus seemed an unfathomable sum, more loot than Chad ever thought he would make in a lifetime.

He had grand visions of his strapping, six-foot-five-inch frame behind the wheel of a Porsche. Mom (she didn’t know it) was going to get a brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee, leather seats, two-tone paint, the works.

But something happened on the way to the bank vault.

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