By Eric Schmidt

When growing up one could remember how the growing trend in football, was the all important two sport star. Football and baseball worked well together we because of the time in between seasons, but the idea now of this happening now is all but non existent. Two sports stars have gone extinct just like dinosaurs, and the idea of it happening again is probably a long shot.

With the high dollars put into NFL football players the legend of the two-sport star is growing as we speak. Looking back at those players who were gifted enough to perform this task, were truly players who were so-called freaks of nature. I want to say thank you to these players who made it possible for kids like me, growing up to want to play both sports.

The Top 5.

5. D.J. Dozier, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions (1987-1991), New York Mets (1992)

After a stand out career at Penn State University, Dozier was taken in the first round (#14 overall) in the 1987 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. His NFL career was hardly something to go crazy about with 691 career rushing yards and 9 touchdowns, Dozier was never a star in the NFL. His baseball career was less exciting with a .191 batting average and 2 RBIs in his brief cup of coffee in the MLB.

4. Herschel Walker,Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants (1986-1997) Bobsledding, MMA, Ballet

Rushing for 8,225 yards and 61 career touchdowns in the NFL, Walker was a college superstar coming out of the University of Georgia. Walker is best known for setting the Dallas Cowboys dynasty in motion with him being traded to the Minnesota Vikings in 1989. He gave ballet a try and made bobsledding cool again, but he has made a run at the MMA world. A 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo, Walker has a 2-0 professional record in the ring.

3.Brian Jordan, Atlanta Falcons (1989-1991) St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves (1992-2006)

The St. Louis Cardinals gave Brian Jordan $1.7 million dollars to hang up his Atlanta Falcons uniform, where he had 5 career interceptions as a safety for the Falcons. Jordan made a name for himself as a major league baseball player and became a good outfielder with one all-star appearance.

2. Bo Jackson, Los Angeles Raiders (1987-1990) Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, California Angels (1986-1994)

Possibly one of the greatest athletes of all time and coming out of Auburn University with the Heisman Trophy he was picked #1 overall in the 1986 draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the Bucs gave him an ultimatium to choose baseball or football so Bo chose baseball and signed with the Kansas City Royals.

Going back into the draft in 1987, because the Bucs were unable to sign him, Jackson was picked by the Los Angeles Raiders in the 7th round with 183rd overall pick. Al Davis welcomed Jackson to the Raiders and embraced his new two sport star. Being derailed with terrible hip injury Jackson continued his baseball career but was never the same after the injury.

1. Deion Sanders, Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens (1989-2005) New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants (1989-1995, 1997, 2001)

Probably one of the most decorated defensive backs in NFL history, Deion Sanders was a shutdown corner and a successful major league baseball player. He had 53 career interceptions and has two Super Bowl rings. He also was a key part of the Atlanta Braves World Series run in 1992 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Sanders was a speed demon on the football and baseball fields and reshaped how corner back play is played in today’s NFL game. In 2011, Sander’s career was capped of with a 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction. “Prime Time” was one of the greatest football players of all time and the greatest two sport athlete too.

 

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  1. avatar Charles Spencer

    Very good read! Two sport athletes are rare at the professional level especially now due too the time required for just one sport.Sports in general has changed and has become more competetive than ever, making it harder too focus on another sport while ur competitors in one sport keep getting better.

     

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