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By Danny Cox

The San Francisco 49ers are definitely in the spotlight as they prepared for Super Bowl XLVII, but not all of them are shining in the right way. Well, things are looking up for a few players and at least they can now breathe a little easier. Looking even further ahead, the NFL Draft is not too far away and a dangerous animal is going to prepare for it by heading to February’s combine.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10:  Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu of the LSU Tigers speaks during a press conference at The New York Marriott Marquis on December 10, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The world is betting on Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has become a huge story this season, and it is continuing in even bigger ways during the playoffs. Now, he’s even making a big name for him in a ways that could benefit numerous people around the world. Kaepernick could very well become the most-bet-on quarterback in Super Bowl history.

Vegas insider Jimmy Vaccaro of William Hill states that this could be due to the fact that Kaepernick played his college football career at the University of Nevada. People are loving that.

“We put 10 props on him last week and generated more than $100,000 in bets,” Vaccaro said. “To put that in perspective, a good prop is when you can draw $2,500 to $5,000 in bets.”

A number of bets, possibly over 20, will be put out on Kaepernick for the Super Bowl including:

Will Kaepernick throw a touchdown or interception first?

Will Kaepernick have 100 yards rushing or 300 yards passing?

Who will have more: Kaepernick pass attempts of LeBron James’ points versus Raptors?

49ers’ Michael Crabtree to avoid all charges in sexual assault case

49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree can breathe a sigh of relief as criminal charges will not be filed against him after an alleged sexual assault in a hotel after San Francisco’s playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers. Information and other determinations helped reach the conclusion that charges would not be filed “at this time.”

Crabtree was never once detained or arrested in the case. He cooperated fully with the investigation of the police the entire time, and always did as they asked.

“Michael and the team can now put this behind us and move forward,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement.

Former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu will attend the NFL combine

The Honey Badger, Tyrann Mathieu, announced on Friday that he will be attending the NFL scouting combine to happen Feb. 20-26, 2013. The former LSU star, who was suspended and then dismissed from the team due to drug issues, tweeted his plans to the world.

“God is good! He answer prayers! I’ll be attending this years @nfl COMBINE!” Mathieu wrote.

Mathieu was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2011 and attended Senior Bowl practices earlier this week. His playing skills were never really brought into question, but he is trying to convince NFL scouts that his mindset and maturity are worth taking a chance on him.

He has been training in south Florida and also Arizona to prepare for the combine. Former LSU cornerback, and current Arizona Cardinals’ star, Patrick Peterson has been working out with Mathieu.

“This is my last shot,” he said. “You’ve got to learn when to do things and when not to do things, when to party and when not to party. Every day is football. That’s the biggest thing I got out of it. I’m just ready to live a football life.”

For more Local Football Bloggers and the latest NFL news, see CBS Sports Las Vegas.

Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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