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Old 06-26-2023, 06:08 PM
 
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What do you think - will there ever be another person who plays 2 sports professionally?

If so, which sports?
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Old 06-27-2023, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Flawduh
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Define “pro.”
Quite a few hockey players (not just NHL) at some point played some sort of pro soccer. A 4th tier Euro league is still technically pro.
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Old 06-29-2023, 08:37 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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I was actually thinking about that recently. If Denver Quarterback Russel Wilson continues to deliver a poor performance this coming season, even at age 34 he could probably still end up with a baseball career, helping out some team that needs a second baseman. He did spend two years in the minors (A).
I suspect that playing two pro sports at the same time will never happen again, too much salary money
involved to risk injury while doing the other sport.
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Old 06-29-2023, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Wylie, Texas
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I was actually thinking about that recently. If Denver Quarterback Russel Wilson continues to deliver a poor performance this coming season, even at age 34 he could probably still end up with a baseball career, helping out some team that needs a second baseman. He did spend two years in the minors (A).
I suspect that playing two pro sports at the same time will never happen again, too much salary money
involved to risk injury while doing the other sport.
Yeah plus I think most if not all of the contracts offered by teams in all the major sports today specifically prohibit playing in other sports or for other teams, even during the offseason.
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Old 06-29-2023, 08:43 PM
 
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I was actually thinking about that recently. If Denver Quarterback Russel Wilson continues to deliver a poor performance this coming season, even at age 34 he could probably still end up with a baseball career, helping out some team that needs a second baseman. He did spend two years in the minors (A).
I suspect that playing two pro sports at the same time will never happen again, too much salary money
involved to risk injury while doing the other sport.


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Yeah plus I think most if not all of the contracts offered by teams in all the major sports today specifically prohibit playing in other sports or for other teams, even during the offseason.



Pretty sure they always have. But, the Raiders wanted Bo so badly, they were willing to let him play half the season. The Royals were.. Apparently amenable to it as well. BUT.. Bo's the example of why they wouldn't allow it now. I'm shocked Deion continued playing baseball after that. I would have thought the NFL team would have prohibited it.



As for Russell Wilson.. No. "A" is a LONG ways from the majors. And at 34, with his skills diminished from lack of use. Tim Tebow 2.0.
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Old 06-29-2023, 08:46 PM
 
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It is getting to the point that there are not that many 2 sport players at the HS and college levels. With travel baseball, soccer, etc, there's no time, and the coaches want the players to be committed full time.
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Old 06-29-2023, 08:57 PM
 
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No, I believe those days are long gone now. It will probably be harder to pull that off these days, the primary team will probably have something in the contract against playing another sport while under contract. And injuries seem to be more prominent these days. The situation with Bo Jackson most likely shut that down.
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Old 06-29-2023, 09:44 PM
 
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It is getting to the point that there are not that many 2 sport players at the HS and college levels. With travel baseball, soccer, etc, there's no time, and the coaches want the players to be committed full time.

Nah.. There's still quite a few. Sports like football and track, or football and basketball or football and baseball.. You'll still see quite a few. But, by the time they get to college, there's far fewer.. Probably because there's not many that can compete at that level in two sports, plus.. The time constraints.
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Old 06-30-2023, 09:20 AM
 
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Nah.. There's still quite a few. Sports like football and track, or football and basketball or football and baseball.. You'll still see quite a few. But, by the time they get to college, there's far fewer.. Probably because there's not many that can compete at that level in two sports, plus.. The time constraints.
Agreed. High School there are definitely a lot more multi sport athletes. It actually used to be something coaches would encourage, for example football players would run track or play basketball in the offseason as it kept them in shape, and in some cases off the streets as well. But that drops off rapidly once college hits as the skill level is much higher and that's difficult to attain in one sport never mind two. I understand why it wont happen at the pro level but I wish it did. Bo never attained hall of fame level production in either pro baseball or football, but the fact that he played two sports just elevated him far above his peers.
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Old 06-30-2023, 11:49 AM
 
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Agreed. High School there are definitely a lot more multi sport athletes. It actually used to be something coaches would encourage, for example football players would run track or play basketball in the offseason as it kept them in shape, and in some cases off the streets as well. But that drops off rapidly once college hits as the skill level is much higher and that's difficult to attain in one sport never mind two. I understand why it wont happen at the pro level but I wish it did. Bo never attained hall of fame level production in either pro baseball or football, but the fact that he played two sports just elevated him far above his peers.

Bo was on track for a HoF football career. Even if he had stayed part time. Whether he could have kept up that production is questionable.. But.. He was a freak of nature.

He was an excitingly serviceable baseball player. He would do amazing things.. But as an every day player.. He was.. Maybe a bit below average for the time. Today.. He could strike out 200 times, hit 50 homers and have a .200 average and be a starter. See Ryan Howard and Kyle Schwarber.


Now, he was better than that.. Don't take me wrong here. But.. compared to others at the time..
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